Norm Stamper, To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police

Rafe McGregor

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Radley Balko’s The Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces (2013) inadvertently provided the context of the civil unrest in Ferguson ignited by the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. Norm Stamper is one of the few senior police officers singled out for praise by Balko, for the most part on the basis of his activism against police prejudice and militarisation subsequent to his retirement as Seattle’s police chief in 2000. To Protect and Serve is Stamper’s second book, following Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (2005), and his treatise on the problems faced – and caused – by contemporary U.S. law enforcement is a welcome contribution to the debate between those who advocate violence against the police and those who insist that no reform is necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-119
Number of pages2
JournalPolicing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Issue number1
Early online date24 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


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