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Author: Barry Friedman Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781515981527
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In June 2013, documents leaked by Edward Snowden sparked widespread debate about secret government surveillance of Americans. Just over a year later, the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, set off protests and triggered concern about militarization and discriminatory policing. In Unwarranted, Barry Friedman argues that these two seemingly disparate events are connected—and that the problem is not so much the policing agencies as it is the rest of us. We allow these agencies to operate in secret and to decide how to police us, rather than calling the shots ourselves. The courts have let us down entirely.

Unwarranted is filled with stories of ordinary people whose lives were sundered by policing gone awry. Driven by technology, policing has changed dramatically from cops seeking out bad guys, to mass surveillance of all of society—backed by an increasingly militarized capability. Friedman captures this new eerie environment in which CCTV, location tracking, and predictive policing has made us all suspects, while proliferating SWAT teams and increased use of force puts everyone at risk.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An important book about the twenty-first-century rules of engagement for counter-terrorism, police work, surveillance and crime prevention…Unwarranted shakes us from what we’ve allowed ourselves to accept.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Looks beyond the lethal use of force at many other ways the Fourth Amendment protection against ‘unreasonable searches and seizures’ has been ignored or stretched in the name of public safety.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Presents an incisive analysis of the pitfalls that have frustrated previous attempts to regulate policing…At once creative and conservative, Friedman offers a timely blueprint for recovering democratic control of local and national law enforcement.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This important, accessible book diagnoses the many pathologies of modern policing in contexts rangingfrom inner-city crime to terrorism…[Friedman] provides fresh, concrete guidance for how judges and the American people can make modern policing democratically accountable, lawful, and effective.”

    Jack Goldsmith, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of law at Harvard University

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

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About the Author

Barry Friedman is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and the director of the Policing Project. For thirty years, he has taught, written about, and litigated issues of constitutional law and criminal procedure.

About the Narrator

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.