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Police State - How America's Cops Get Away With Murder

Gerry Spence

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 sta

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 sta
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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 sta

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Sklar

Length:

16h 34m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

16:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

29:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

28:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

24:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

29:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

25:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

25:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

28:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

25:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

23:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

24:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

21:09