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The ubiquity of SWAT teams has changed not only the way officers look, but also the way departments view themselves. Recruiting videos feature clips of officers storming into homes with smoke grenades and firing automatic weapons. In Springdale, Ark., a police recruiting video is dominated by SWAT clips, including officers throwing a flash grenade into a house and creeping through a field in camouflage.

On June 4, 1989, Tank Man became the icon for modern civilization, for freedom and repression.
Forgetting the rebels is just what societies do. But Tank Man marked a key moment in a year of global revolution that fell short in China but was still one giant leap for freedom elsewhere, most notably the collapse of the Berlin Wall a few months later. And his courage also inspired the generation that came after him — to remind them that one man or woman can make a difference, even if the results aren’t clear right away.
Read Will Bunch’s excellent column on the Tiananman Square massacre, 25 years ago today.

The unsealed portion of this remarkable police testimony can be found here. Law enforcement officials fought the move to unseal this testimony citing federal homeland security law, despite the case’s local jurisdiction.