Who is calculating the damage being done to the young people forced to watch as their homes are trashed and their dogs are shot during SWAT team raids? What are we to tell our nation's children about the role of police in their lives?
Today, SWAT is deployed more than 50,000 times annually. Proliferation of this aggressive, militarized tactic has seen a steady drumbeat of heart attacks, fires, and killings resulting directly from it.
Detroit was not an accidental choice for the U.S. Social Forum. It is a city in the midst of a rebirth from the bottom up, and the organizers knew this well when they chose Detroit for the second USSF.