The title of my book . . .

Friday, July 13th, 2012

. . . is now set.

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces


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  1. #1 |  len (not the one you hate) | 

    I’d suggest Return of the Thug: When Blue Suits wear Pink Underwear and Tase your ass Until you Die.

    But that’s just because I’ve been reading a certain blog for too long.

  2. #2 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    The word warrior has positive connotations for a lot of people.

  3. #3 |  Dante | 

    So, I guess “Eat Shit & Die, Wanna-Be Storm Trooper Scum!” was already taken?

  4. #4 |  Discord | 

    Theme Song.

    Looking at the lyrics on that youtube page, they could be easily modified for complete hilarity.

  5. #5 |  Shhted | 

    “Masters of Puppycide”?

  6. #6 |  David Cox | 

    I hope Warrior Cop meets Axe Cop in the sequel.

  7. #7 |  Irving Washington | 

    Who’s reading the audio version?

  8. #8 |  Monzster | 

    Can we pre-order on Amazon yet?

  9. #9 |  Radley Balko | 

    Won’t be out until next spring. Rest assured, I’ll be bugging the hell out of you once it’s ready to order!

  10. #10 |  David | 

    I was expecting some variation on “Radley Balko Punches You In The Balls For 400 pages.” Maybe as a subtitle?

  11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

    That title is probably fine if you have a picture on the cover that conveys the idea that this is not a good thing. Seriously, the term “warrior cop” is going to leave many people with the impression that law enforcement is finally getting serious about fighting crime. TV is now filled with cop shows that portray these guys as militaristic warriors as if that’s a good thing.

    My opinion only, of course, but a title that hinted at the growing divide between citizens and law enforcement might be better. I don’t have a refined suggestion off the top of my head, but something that implies that cops are developing an “us against them” culture where “citizens are the enemy” and they are “bringing the war to your street” might be a little closer to the intended message.

    I know you didn’t ask for suggestions or opinions, but I refuse to let such a technicality stand in the way of my expressing them anyway.

  12. #12 |  Collin | 

    Please get Doug Stanhope to do the audio book.

  13. #13 |  Aresen | 

    I was kinda expecting Another Isolated Incident.

  14. #14 |  Jason | 

    I agree with #2.

    Maybe the “Wannabe Warrior Cop”? Accurate, though I guess it would spoil the euphony.

  15. #15 |  DoubleU | 

    I don’t know which will get a longer beating from a police officer, your cell phone camera or a copy of that book.

  16. #16 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #12 Aresen

    I was kinda expecting Another Isolated Incident.


  17. #17 |  Stephen | 

    I like the almost positive connotation. Boot-lickers will buy it and then get punched in the nuts.

  18. #18 |  John David Galt | 

    A “warrior” attacks military targets. I suggest the word terrorist.

  19. #19 |  CyniCAl | 

    In honor of your book title, I give you …. chimpicide.–abc-news-topstories.html

    Bonus points: according to the article, the chimps were “agitated.” And look for the “they were coming right at us” line as well.

  20. #20 |  marco73 | 

    Wait for the cop to say: “Get your hands off me, you damned dirty ape!”

  21. #21 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    With a Bike Kevlar Kup. Bitchin.

  22. #22 |  Christian Noll | 

    Can’t wait to read your book. Please announce it when you go to press.

    In the mean time, I’m trying to bolster my 11 amazon reviews to a much higher number so if anyone’s interested, here’s a link to my book; Vermont C.O. The Truth of Attrition by me Christian Noll.

  23. #23 |  Stephen | 

    #18 | CyniCAl |

    I’m OK with the chimp shooting. Those things are ridiculously dangerous. Only zoos should be able to keep them. Even then they get out and hurt people.

  24. #24 |  Patrick from Popehat | 

    #18 – The meanest junkyard dog isn’t as dangerous as an adult chimpanzee. A chimp combines fearsome strength with powerful intelligence. They are not to be trifled with.

    Great choice on the title, Radley.

  25. #25 |  Chicagojon | 

    Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing?

    Kickstarter seems perfectly willing to lend their traffic to support existing sites/brands (see Penny Arcade campaign). Win-win as you get introduced to others, can do the kickstarter tour & get a bunch of initial sales.

    I’ll buy either way, just a thought.

  26. #26 |  Aresen | 

    Patrick from Popehat | July 13th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    A chimp combines fearsome strength with powerful intelligence. They are not to be trifled with.

    I guess we should hope the chimps don’t start responding to police recruitment ads.


  27. #27 |  Michael Chaney | 

    A couple of quick facts about chimps:

    1. The average male chimp has about 4 times the strength of the average adult human male.
    2. They have the intelligence of a human 2 or 3 year old. That might not sound very bright to you, but it is extreme intelligence.
    3. The males really don’t like other males, including male humans. When they attack, they attempt to rip your balls off your body. I’m not kidding.

    You don’t mess with chimps. Read this for a description of an attack:

    You can find many more stories and pictures on google.

  28. #28 |  Pablo | 

    Sorry but I don’t have a problem with shooting an agitated chimp. All the above posts regarding them are correct. Males are particularly aggressive and unpredictable once they reach adulthood. When attacking they generally target the hands, feet, face, and groin. Combined with their strength, this means the injuries are generally nightmarish.

  29. #29 |  Bobby Black | 

    Will you be signing copies Radley?

  30. #30 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Anther possible theme for the title: “Collateral damage: How militarization of police is putting innocent Americans at risk.”

  31. #31 |  Aresen | 

    Michael Chaney | July 13th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    …really don’t like other males, including male humans. When they attack, they attempt to rip your balls off your body. I’m not kidding.

    They’re members of Feministag?

  32. #32 |  MH | 

    “I guess we should hope the chimps don’t start responding to police recruitment ads.”

    That ship has sailed.

  33. #33 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Chimps are the apes that are the most like humsns; that is to say, do not EVER turn your back on one.

    I would much rather have to deal with an agitated gorilla, not that i want to deal with either.

  34. #34 |  Warren | 

    Might I suggest:

    Fuck you, that’s Why!
    American Enforcers and Their Apologists.

  35. #35 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Dave has a point. “Warrior Cop” gives some a raging boner that can only be calmed by masturbating to “The Expendables” and shooting puppies.

    But seriously, I love the title.

  36. #36 |  SC | 

    I need a copy of this to display prominently in my office at a state emergency management “Homeland Security” agency.

  37. #37 |  MH | 

    Why Barney Fife Had to Shoot Lassie: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

  38. #38 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The chimps belonged to poker player Lee Watkinson (if reports are correct).

    Cops don’t know how to handle mentally handicapped people, kids, handcuffed old ladies, bed-ridden grannies, puppies, or pretty much anything. Well, they “handle” by shooting. So, if you or anything/anyone you love happens to cross an imaginary line cops happen to be watching…it’s a bullet for you. Chimp attacks are horrific, but I won’t default to a cop acting appropriately because of a written report.

  39. #39 |  Jim | 

    From ‘Citizen’ to ‘Civilian’ – The Militarization of American Police and the War on Us

  40. #40 |  Burgers Allday | 

    The Iraq War Comes Home: How Military Veteran Are Changing the Nature Of America’s Police Forces

  41. #41 |  Warren | 

    Rage Boners
    Why You Are Getting Fucked by the Police

  42. #42 |  Anthony | 

    I think the title will bring in more of the “few bad apples”/”if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about” crowd to the book. The more of those people that read the book the better. You don’t have to sell the book the readers of this site again, 90% of us will already buy and read it.

  43. #43 |  Quiet Desperation | 

    Pay whatever license fee you need, but you’ve got to have Robocop on the cover.

  44. #44 |  Difster | 

    I agree with others about the title. And as Dave said, as long as you have an appropriate picture to convey the negativity of the subject, it will be fine.

  45. #45 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Out for a beer last weekend, on the island, caught some Jimmy Cliff, “Peace Officer, are you a warrior?” Made me think of this

  46. #46 |  Mark Z. | 

    Is this actually Radley, or is it Drew Johnson trolling us again?

  47. #47 |  jmcross | 

    How about this pic for the dust jacket…

  48. #48 |  Eric | 

    I hope it’s not just on Amazon. A straight EPUB version would help those of us who don’t use Kindle.

  49. #49 |  DoubleU | 

    Will you be signing copies Radley?
    Sure, bring your favorite E-reader and he will sign the screen.

  50. #50 |  jb | 

    How about just: Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

  51. #51 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    Since others are offering alternative titles, how about this one:

    “Because We’re the Police and You Aren’t: Entitlement,
    Paranoia and Militarism in American Law Enforcement”

    But I think your title is fine. Thanks for the hard work and I look forward to reading your book.

  52. #52 |  just a libertarian cop treading water | 

    Would love to speak freely about this exact topic one day to you Radley.
    I have been in the police game for 20 plus years, after a tour of duty as a Marine infantryman.

    Gots lots of thoughts on this subject.

  53. #53 |  Christopher Swing | 

    Robocop? pfft. Too nice.

    I think we all know the US is aiming to make the parody/satire that is Judge Dredd normalized reality.

    OTOH, To the best of my memory Dredd usually only referred to people as “creep!” or “citizen,” being smart enough to realize “civilian” would be wrong. So at least that character realized he was a street judge, not an occupying soldier.

  54. #54 |  Rob | 

    Aw crap. It seems I copy-pasted way too damn much on accident. Can one of the people with the keys to this place delete everything in the blockquote except for the stuff from the last 4 lines?

  55. #55 |  Collin | 

    How about Stop Resisting! for a title, or at least a chapter heading.

  56. #56 |  Bob Mc | 

    I know you have already chosen a title, and this is not a book title suggestion thread, but I can’t help myself-

    “Us vs Them”: When Police wage war against those they have sworn to “Serve and Protect”

  57. #57 |  Bobby Black | 

    56 Is a perfect subtitle…

  58. #58 |  Bernard | 

    Steven Seagal will buy the big screen rights within hours.

  59. #59 |  Other Sean | 

    The value-free ring of that title, though hardly red meat for our crowd, is actually an important virtue. The book needs to be read. If he called it “No-Knock This, Asshole!” and put a picture of a dead dog on the cover, it might be awhile before his opus started showing up on college reading lists.

    Besides, the title he went with has some amusing potential as a false flag. Some people will up buying it as a birthday gift for the cop in the family. Maybe some chief who only reads the title will embarrass himself by assigning it in his police academy. Now that would be a nice story to read on morning links.

  60. #60 |  Ben | 

    When the book comes out, try to use your Huffington Post connection to get on the Daily Show. Stewart has authors on constantly (at least 1 or 2 a week), and your sales will fucking skyrocket if you get on the show. And Stewart is actually a pretty damned fair guy for someone who admittedly is primarily on one side politically. And his mostly left audience is a good audience for the subject matter.

  61. #61 |  marco73 | 

    When the video game version comes out, make sure there are extra points for beating handcuffed suspects while shouting “Stop Resisting!”, and extra ammo for shooting puppies and chimps. This could be bigger than Modern Warfare.

  62. #62 |  CyniCAl | 

    They were able to successfully tranquilize one of the chimps. Why not the other?

    I agree that chimps can be dangerous, but as dangerous as a human? We let billions of those roam free.

    Anyway, it was amusing to see this turn into a reddit thread. Funny stuff.

  63. #63 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Say Hello to My Little Friend” would be a good subtitle.

  64. #64 |  Baldacci | 

    I like this title very much. When it’s published, I’m buying. Thank you for your patriotism Radley!

  65. #65 |  Ron | 

    Best of success to you, Radley, with this important work. I look forward to buying several copies.

  66. #66 |  treefroggy | 

    Mall Ninja is closer to the truth. I’ll believe warrior when their targets shoot back while garbed in the same body armor and full-auto M4s. Not to mention the occasional armored car.

  67. #67 |  Tom | 

    That is a great title. It is expressive of the content and relativity neutral in tone, indicating that the subject will get a fair review. Hopefully the artwork will carry the same message. The topic is important and needs both a fair review and access to a broad audience.

  68. #68 |  Jason | 

    #13 | Aresen | July 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    I was kinda expecting Another Isolated Incident.

    That’s the title of every chapter.

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