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U.S. police forces are increasingly using military-style tactics to carry out even the most routine daily operations. The number of SWAT teams and SWAT-style raids across the county has skyrocketed in the last few decades. SWAT raids occur at an estimated 50,000 raids per year and the majority that take place involve low-level crimes.
It is a trend that is being propped up by billions of federal dollars in Homeland Security grants and access to free military equipment through the Department of Defense for civilian law enforcement agencies.
Fault Lines travels to California and Tennessee to look at the effects of the increasing militarization of local law enforcement.
Original air date: February 28, 2014
Executive Producer: Mathieu Skene, Senior Producer: Carrie Lozano
@carrielozano, Correspondent: Sebastian Walker
@sebwalker, Producers: Sweta Vohra @svohra,
Lauren Rosenfeld @lollymr, Directors of Photography: Victor Tadashi Suarez
@tadashi_lives, Matt Bockelman @flyseyefilms, Omar Mullick @cerulean_blue, Joel Van Haren @joelvanharen, Zach Stauffer, Mark Oltmanns @mwoltmanns, Editor: Jennifer Beman @jbwpost, Writers: Sweta Vohra,
Sebastian Walker, Jennifer Beman, Digital Producer: Nikhil Swaminathan @sw4mi, Original Concept: Sam Black
@potterblack, Translation: Sergio Ceballos, Kavitha Chekuru @KaviChek, Research and Production Assistance: Dariel Medina, Melissa Etehad @melissaetehad, Zahra Rasool @RXahra, Laurin Whitney-Golbrath @ElleDubG, Mark Scialla @markscialla and Michelle Koepp @Michelle_Koepp