No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and how to Fix It

No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and how to Fix It

by David B. Kopel, Paul H. Blackman, Paul H. Blackman, Paul H. Blackman
     
 

Waco and Ruby Ridge were neither conspiracies nor flukes. They represent the worst-case scenario of problems that now plague federal law enforcement, including its militarisation, judicial rubberstamping of search and arrest applications, aggressive and violent arrest procedures, indifference to religious beliefs, the complicity of an overzealous media, and failed

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Waco and Ruby Ridge were neither conspiracies nor flukes. They represent the worst-case scenario of problems that now plague federal law enforcement, including its militarisation, judicial rubberstamping of search and arrest applications, aggressive and violent arrest procedures, indifference to religious beliefs, the complicity of an overzealous media, and failed congressional investigations. In "No More Wacos", David B. Kopel and Paul H. Blackman use their expertise in law and criminology to outline the evidence in these cases and dozens of others to explain how and why such tragedies occur. Meticulously documented, this volume analyses all sides of this complex subject: flawed search warrants, authorities ignoring the difference between religious and criminal suspects, and intra-governmental deception, among other issues. Whenever problems are found, specific remedies are proposed - over one hundred solutions in all - both comprehensive and technical in nature. Each is offered in the hope of preventing future Wacos by properly placing federal law enforcement under the rule of law.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573921251
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
524
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments11
A Note on Sources13
Introduction15
Prologue19
1The Unwarranted Warrant47
2A Search Warrant or a Death Warrant?79
3The Siege130
4The Great Disappointment186
5The Cover-Up224
6Policy Lessons292
App. AThe Comprehensive Public Safety and Federal Law Enforcement Improvement Act and Law Enforcement Reform375
App. BChronology394
App. CPart 1: Cast of Characters399
App. CPart 2: Mount Carmel's Dead409
App. DNegotiation Tape Summaries412
Selected Bibliography477
Index489

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