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CBS Watch! Magazine|January/February 2021
Showrunner Aaron Rahsaan Thomas is making sure that S.W.A.T. has both sense and sensibility.
By Fred Schruers

When Aaron Rahsaan Thomas set out to reboot the legendary pulp classic of a mid-’70s cop show called S.W.A.T., there was a key and specific change he began with: “A lot of people may not realize this,” he says, “but the original show was not set in Los Angeles, but in a fictional city. The very first S.W.A.T. team was created in Los Angeles, the city that has perhaps the most notorious relationship between their police department and communities of color. I feel like if you’re going to tell that story, you lean right into that— what is the reality of a Black police officer in the city of Los Angeles?”

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