Best Police Watchdog 

Radley Balko

Writers Choice

When Radley Balko, the Huffington Post columnist and investigative journalist, released his book Rise of the Warrior Cop this year, detailing in terrifying detail the militarization of the nation’s police forces, outlets from all over the political spectrum took notice. And when J. Cole released the video for his song “Crooked Smile,” a tribute to 7-year-old Aiyana Jones, who was fatally shot by a police officer while sleeping on her couch, New York City hip-hop DJ Jay Smooth tweeted two links: one to a story on the Jones shooting in The Nation, the other to a link to buy Balko’s book. Essential reading.

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