SWAT teams were created in the 1960’s to combat violent events. Since then, the specialized teams have morphed into a force increasingly used in routine policing, most often to serve drug warrants,sometimes with disastrous results. Which raises the question – are we too militarized?
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SWAT: Mission Creep

produced by Bonnie Bertram, Olivia Katrandjian

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