SWAT, History Channel, 2002
Among the many changes to come out of the '60s was a significant rethinking of police tactics. Faced with growing civil unrest that exploded in incidents like the Watts riots, it became increasingly clear that law enforcement needed new ways to handle these new challenges.
SWAT travels back in time to relive the tragic event that led directly to the creation of these elite teams--when Charles Joseph Whitman climbed the clock tower at the University of Texas and killed dozens of people with a high-powered rifle. It was a new type of crime, and it called for a new way to stop it. Police veterans talk about how the first SWAT teams were created and trained, and in visits to cities like St. Louis, Los Angeles and Austin we'll see how they have evolved over the years.
From deadly raids to the latest technologies, this is a fascinating look at the nation's top police units.
50 minutes, fully narrated, DVD ONLY, ISBN: 0-7620-4666-8, DS9113 / $24.95