SWAT teams were created in the 1960s to combat hostage-takings, sniper shootings, and violent unrest.  Today they’re routinely used to attack homes and arrest citizens for things as minor as missing traffic court or writing a bad check.

While the issue of police militarization has recently become a pressing public policy matter due to of billions of dollars of surplus militarily gear from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan being given to state and local law enforcement agencies, it’s not actually a new problem.

The New York Times put together an excellent video documentary on this transformation.

 

SWAT teams were created in the 1960s to combat hostage-takings, sniper shootings, and violent unrest. But today they’re often used in more controversial