Tonight at Parnassus Book
s, investigative journalist, Huffington Post columnist, vinyl enthusiast
and liberal media darling
Radley Balko will sign and discuss his new book Rise of the Warrior Cop
, which, as its title suggests, traces the militarization of America's police departments. It also recounts tale after tale of horrifically botched raids on innocent civilians by SWAT teams armed to the teeth.
Balko describes one such raid in Chapter 9 of the book, which publisher PublicAffairs was nice enough to allow us to run as an edited excerpt in the current issue of the Scene. A door is smashed, dogs are shot and killed, and the house is ransacked. And oh yeah, it's the mayor's house.
"Even once the police realized they had made a mistake," Balko writes, "they never offered to clean up the blood, to put the house back together, or to fix the front door." Read more here.
Scene intern Alex Howard also talked to Balko about the book and about how Metro Nashville police have used their military-grade supplies, including those two Draganflyer X6 drones. Read more here.
The event tonight at Parnassus Books starts at 6:30 p.m.