Dunphy Reviews Balko’s “Rise of the Warrior Cop”

good shootAmazonAn officer with the LAPD who writes under the pseudonym “Jack Dunphy” gives a positive review of Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop at the National Review, saying he “was struck by how much I found to agree with in the book.” An excerpt:

I am not entirely unsympathetic to Balko’s arguments [against police militarization and the war on drugs]. I am in complete accord with his condemnation of “no knock” search warrants as they are used against drug dealers. This kind of raid, usually carried out in the dead of night, is intended to startle suspects by means of a rapid and unannounced entry, sometimes accompanied by the use of disorienting “flash bang” grenades. But when I’m the first cop through the door on a search warrant, as I have been many times, it is in my best interest that the people inside know it is the police coming in and not some criminal looking to rip them off. As Balko points out, confusion as to who is bursting into a home at four in the morning has led to needless deaths, including those of police officers.

Read the whole thing, behind a 25-cent paywall, here. Dunphy also laments Balko didn’t spend more time exploring the use of SWAT-like teams by federal bureaucracies like the FDA and the Department of Education, but says SWAT teams are “often the safest option when a violent fugitive is located.”

Balko is a former Reason editor; you can check out his archives here.

More from Reason on the militarization of police here.

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  • Paul.||

    An officer with the LAPD who writes under the pseudonym “Jack Dunphy” gives a positive

    I... I uh... ok.

  • Redmanfms||

    So is this our own Dumpster?

  • Paul.||

    No. Likely not.

  • Generic Stranger||

    The one that posts here claims to be from the Seattle area, not down in LA.

  • Seamus||

    There is (or used to be) a Seattle area cop who regularly posted comments at The Volokh Conspiracy under the handle of "whit". I wonder if he's the same guy as our dunphy.

  • Sidd Finch||

    affirmative

  • Calidissident||

    Did he use acronyms nobody had ever heard of and engage in frequent, unnecessary, and random use of all caps?

  • Invisible Finger||

    Yes. He also uses "Morgan Fairchild" as a pseudonym for Truman Capote.

  • db||

    Thread over.

  • Generic Stranger||

    +1

  • ||

    Yes, "pwhit" or something like that.

  • Paul.||

  • Paul.||

  • ||

    No, but he based his handle after this exact guy.

  • Almanian!||

    It's like someone stole everything in this room...and replaced it with an exact...duplicate...

  • ||

    What does Steven Wright have to do with this?

  • GILMORE||

    DAMN YOU TO HELL EPI, DAMN YOU STRIGHT TO HELL...

    ...grumble, never get to cite the joke first, grumble...

  • ||

    MAYBE YOU SHOULD POST BETTER.

  • GILMORE||

    MAYBE YOUR MOM?

  • ||

    This is an acceptable response. Just don't tell Hugh you said it, it'll just make him angry.

    Wait, definitely tell him.

  • Almanian!||

    Is Hugh also "this exact guy" Epi? or is Hugh YOUR MOM?

  • GILMORE||

    "...so I went to my next door neighbors apartment and knocked on his door, and said, "You wont believe it man, someone's replaced everything in my joint with an exact replica.."... and he says, "Do I know you?""

    - Steven Wright, circa 1992?

  • Xenocles||

    "whit" is "dunphy," "Jack Dunphy" is someone else entirely. This is true unless they are a single person who crafted elaborate backstories for each character, then linked them by name for some reason.

  • Paul.||

    “often the safest option when a violent fugitive is located.”

    Define "violent fugitive".

  • Generic Stranger||

    "Looks at me funny." - every cop.

  • R C Dean||

    Anyone who is capable of making a furtive motion.

  • GILMORE||

    and dogs

  • In Time Of War||

    Last night my neighbor came by, looking for the owner of a stray bulldog. Since our local PD took over animal control duties a few years back, I told her it would probably be best if she didn't call them. Not sure if I was joking or not.

    Strangely enough, between her, me and the neighbor behind me, all unarmed and untrained "civilians", we managed to locate the proper owner and return the dog without it dying.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    ".....he was reaching in his waistband for a WMD....."

  • General Butt Naked||

    You were looking for a bomb in a package of cigarettes?!

  • Almanian!||

    Dogs. Especially small ones.

    Also, kids. Especially small ones.

  • Paul.||

    Don't forget about the kittens. What, the kittens don't count?

  • GILMORE||

    not furtive enuf

  • Tonio||

    Most cops don't shoot well enough to nail a kitten at any distance. They might get clawed if they got close enough for PB.

  • Deep Lurker||

    That's what the shiny jackboots are for: Stomping kittens.

  • fish_remote||

    According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.....

    Here is an adequate depiction of a potentially violent fugitive!

    http://tinyurl.com/violent-fugitive

  • AlmightyJB||

    Damn. Now I want a tender fawn chop.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Fuckin' Bambi?

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    Define "violent fugitive".

    Whitey Bulger. Arrested without the use of a SWAT team though.

  • In Time Of War||

    As far as I can tell, at this point in American history, absolutely every dark figure you see, be it knocking at your door, busting down your door, already in your home, in your garage, your driveway, your yard, your neighbor's yard, in an alley, in a parking lot or outside a mall, must be assumed, at risk of violent death, to be a cop.

  • Calidissident||

    When I saw the headline, I couldn't believe Reason would actually publish a review by Dunphy

  • Another David||

    I thought it was going to be a parody.

  • ||

    I severely doubt they would feed the commentariat with red meat like that. Though if they did it would be awesome.

  • Invisible Finger||

    I think they were just hoping for a litany of jokes in the comments.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    I always assumed you all knew that dunphy was deliberately borrowing his handle from the NR writer. That Dunphy has been around for at least 10 years I would say.

  • Almanian!||

    sorry, didn't know the totality of the fact scenario. been busy with the olympic-style weightlifting to get back my strenght after tearing my pec when I ran down a perp who violated Morgan Fairchild's personal space. plenty of case law supports that action. since cops are held to a higher standard, it's important to know that kind of stuff, imho.

    hth

    SMOOCHES

  • Rhywun||

    +20 reps

  • GILMORE||

    needs moar squats

  • Calidissident||

    Decent, but not enough acronyms and RANDOM CAPITALIZATION

  • jasno||

    Why the parody? The real thing is so much better:

    If cops were racist, they'd also be stopping asian americans disproportionately frequently
    -Dunphy(the real one)
  • Rhywun||

    Wow.

  • Almanian!||

    COPIST!

  • General Butt Naked||

    Bigorati.

    I speak the TRUTH. TO. POWER.

  • Sidd Finch||

    By your logic, the cops are about twice as sexist as they are racist.

  • Calidissident||

    ?

  • Rhywun||

    I stopped reading NR almost 10 years ago... right around the time I starting reading Reason, as it happens.

  • Generic Stranger||

    I didn't know about the NR writer till today. I'm also somewhat surprised at Dunphy's unoriginality, though I don't know why...

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    We got trollededed.

  • Tonio||

    Cali, Cali, Cali. Sigh. You know that this was like the perfect storm for them, knowing how it would fuck with the commentariat. Champagne corks were popped, no doubt.

  • Almanian!||

    Reason, you tease and then let us down. Not OUR derpfee. Therefore, tl; dr.

    I am disappoint.

    PS Balko was on the "Wilkow Majority" on the Sirius a couple weeks ago discussing the book. Sounds awesome, and I will read it. After affixing my protective cup, of course...

  • db||

    It's sitting in my bedroom right now but I've been having a good two weeks so I haven't dared open it for fear of what it will do to my mood.

  • Atanarjuat||

    derpfee

    I prefer "dumphuck".

  • Harvard||

    [ As Balko points out, confusion as to who is bursting into a home at four in the morning has led to needless deaths, including those of police officers.]

    Unfortunately the ratio is far outweighed by dead civilians rather than aggressor cops, not to mention the poor dogs.

  • Almanian!||

    Also - I initially thought the cover was a picture of some robot thing, like the cover of George McFly's space alien book in "Back to the Future" or something.

    I guess because I was glancing at it. Then I realized it was a picture of actual cops.

    Duh. Which then made it DISTURBING...

    Fuckers

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    I wish Balko was able to get the pictures from his cop or not slide show in the book.

  • MJGreen||

    The headline gave me a good laugh. I'd say that makes this a Friday evening anti-nut-punch.

  • Damned Fool||

    So... a handjob?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    when I’m the first cop through the door on a search warrant, as I have been many times

    "Now, I'm not necessarily in favor of rounding up these Jews and sending them to the ovens, but as long as the policies currently in place require it, I'll just roll up my sleeves and do the best darn job I can do."

  • Drake||

    Read the whole sentence. I have no problem with police executing a legitimate search warrant in the investigation of a crime. Show up dressed like cops and announce yourselves. Exactly what he says he prefers.

  • ||

    As Balko points out, confusion as to who is bursting into a home at four in the morning has led to needless deaths, including those of police officers.

    Not enough of the latter, sadly.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    You are a truly disgusting creature.

  • Redmanfms||

    Those boots won't lick themselves, will they Tulpa?

  • JeremyR||

    I don't think "warrior" is really the accurate term, since most warriors fight other warriors, there's no honor to them in bullying civilians.

    Thug is so much more appropriate.

  • Atanarjuat||

    That's a great point. How often do they even interact with other thugs, ie, drug cartel guys, whoever is doing all the killings in Chicago, etc. They're mostly terrorizing relatively harmless folks.

    The Marines in Generation Kill had a dim view of the Reservist cops who came along.

  • ||

    Okay, that headline scared the shit out a me!

  • Warrren||

    It's a me--Mario!

  • AlmightyJB||

    Unfortunately, most cops see that cover and get a hard on. Their bosses probably think it's a training manual.

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