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CHECK THIS BOOK OUT!!!! Our Enemies In Blue

"Seldom does one come across a book so right on target as this one. Clearly framed, drawing upon a wealth of data, straightforwardly presented and reaching uncomfortable but nonetheless unassailable conclusions on every point, Our "Our Enemies in Blue is imperative reading for anyone in the least concerned by the implications attending the rampant growth of police power and violence in the United States. Kristian Williams is to be commended on his achievement."
ŚWard Churchill, author of Perversions of Justice
Our Enemies in Blue
Kristian Williams

About the book:
More than just a chronology of the history of police brutality in the United States, Our Enemies in Blue is a scholarly work that studies the reality of sanctioned violence against certain segments of society and the ways in which police use brutality to preserve existing structures of inequality. The simplistic myth of police officer as hero is prevalent in our society, and often obscures the facts, and silences those who would question police actions. The author believes the American public deserves a well-researched counter argument that confronts the realities of policing in modern society. Our Enemies in Blue examines the strong-arming, racial profiling, and other objectionable tactics used by the police on an everyday basis and provides an intelligent, in-depth critique of police brutality in all its forms.

"[A] well-researched, historically grounded and mordant critique of American policing past and present."
ŚChristian Parenti, PhD, is the author of "The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror," and "Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis"

"A powerful and persuasive historical and social corrective to a theme that doesn't get sufficient study or treatment: the origins and social/class functions of the police in modern capitalist state. Well conceived, well researched and well written, it truly deserves a wide and deep readership."
ŚMumia Abu-Jamal


Our enemies in blue in Portland 16.Nov.2004 22:00

No friend of Officer Friendly

The book sounds promising. Besides giving a historical analysis of the creation of the police in the U.S. as an off-shoot of slave patrols, a number of chapters in Williams' book are based on developments here in Portland, where he has been observing and writing about the police for years. As well, he calls for their abolition.
Check the cover.