Police state How America's cops get away with murder

Gerry Spence

Book - 2015

"We all want to feel safe. But safe from what, and from whom? In his 60-plus years as a trial lawyer, Gerry Spence has never represented a person accused of a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. Whether by covering up their own corrupt dealings, by the falsification or manufacture of evidence, or by the outright murder of innocent civilians, those individuals charged with upholding the law break it every day, in ways more scandalous than the courts have dared ...admit. The police and prosecutors won't charge or convict themselves, and so the crimes of the criminal justice system are swept under the rug. Nothing changes. Too many police officers are killers on the loose, and every uninformed American is a potential next victim. Police culture is mired in the dead weight of precedent and ruled by trigger-happy tyrants. Power will march our nation over the police state precipice unless We the People take action. The FBI's massacre of the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge; the killing of mortally-wounded Fouad Kaady by a group of police officers; the torture of teenaged Dennis Williams by cops seeking a murder confession-again and again, the question arises: When the very men and women we pay to protect us instead persecute us every day, how can we be safe? In Police State, Spence slaps a stinging indictment upon the American justice system and puts forth a plan to restore liberty and justice for all"--

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2015.
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
338 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781250073457
1250073456
Main Author
Gerry Spence (author)
  • Let's Begin Together
  • Mandate for Murder
  • The Secret Lies of the FBI
  • Kill Him
  • Don't Touch Him
  • Kill the Renegade
  • Smash the Steel Butterfly
  • The New American Gestapo
  • Hell's Unspeakable Contest
  • Give the Sparrow to the Hawk
  • Epilogue: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index.
  • Let's begin together
  • Case 1: Mandate for murder
  • Case 2: The secret lies of the FBI
  • Case 3: Kill him
  • don't touch him
  • Case 4: Kill the renegade
  • Case 5: Smash the steel butterfly
  • Case 6: The new American Gestapo
  • Case 7: Hell's unspeakable contest
  • Case 8: Give the sparrow to the hawk
  • Epilogue: Where do we go from here?
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Identifies pervasive practices of lawbreaking and corruption in today's police forces while outlining recommendations for restoring lawful practices.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The founder of the Trial Lawyers College and attorney famed for his defenses of such clients as Karen Silkwood and Imelda Marcos identifies pervasive practices of lawbreaking and corruption in today's police forces while outlining recommendations for restoring lawful practices.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"We all want to feel safe. But safe from what, and from whom? In his 60-plus years as a trial lawyer, Gerry Spence has never represented a person accused of a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. Whether by covering up their own corrupt dealings, by the falsification or manufacture of evidence, or by the outright murder of innocent civilians, those individuals charged with upholding the law break it every day, in ways more scandalous than the courts have dared admit. The police and prosecutors won't charge or convict themselves, and so the crimes of the criminal justice system are swept under the rug. Nothing changes. Too many police officers are killers on the loose, and every uninformed American is a potential next victim. Police culture is mired in the dead weight of precedent and ruled by trigger-happy tyrants. Power will march our nation over the police state precipice unless We the People take action. The FBI's massacre of the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge; the killing of mortally-wounded Fouad Kaady by a group of police officers; the torture of teenaged Dennis Williams by cops seeking a murder confession-again and again, the question arises: When the very men and women we pay to protect us instead persecute us every day, how can we be safe? In Police State, Spence slaps a stinging indictment upon the American justice system and puts forth a plan to restore liberty and justice for all"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Legal legend Gerry Spence puts America's Most Wanted - its own law enforcement officers - on trial for rampant abuse of power. When the police become the criminals, the people become the enemy.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

How does America, founded on the promise of freedom for all, find itself poised to become a police state?In Police State, legendary "country lawyer" Gerry Spence reveals the unnerving truth of our criminal justice system. In his more than sixty years in the courtroom, Spence has never represented a person charged with a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. Whether by hiding, tampering with, or manufacturing evidence; by gratuitous violence and even murder, those who are charged with upholding the law too often break it. Spence points to the explosion of brutality leading up to the murder of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, insisting that this is the way it has always been: cops get away with murder. Nothing changes. Police State narrates the shocking account of the Madrid train bombings - how the FBI accused an innocent man of treasonous acts they knew he hadn't committed. It details the rampant racism within Chicago's police department, which landed teenager Dennis Williams on death row. It unveils the deliberately coercive efforts of two cops to extract a false murder confession from frightened and mentally fragile Albert Hancock, along with other appalling evidence from eight of Spence's most famous cases.We all want to feel safe. But how can we be safe when the very police we pay to protect us instead kill us, maim us, and falsify the evidence against us? Can we accept the argument that cops may occasionally overstep their boundaries, but only when handling guilty criminals and never with us? Can we expect them to investigate and prosecute themselves when faced with allegations of misconduct? Can we believe that they are acting for our own good? Too many innocent are convicted; too many are wrongly executed. The cost has become too high for a free people to bear.In Police State, Spence issues a stinging indictment of the American justice system. Demonstrating that the way we select and train our police guarantees fatal abuses of justice, he also prescribes a challenging cure that stands to restore America's promise of liberty and justice for all.