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Wed, Jun 17, 2020 7:59 PM

‘S.W.A.T.’ Creator Aaron Rahsaan Thomas Knows Cop Shows Need To Do Better

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was aware of the complicated relationship between his community and the cops. One day, a police officer would be teaching neighborhood kids how to ride a bike; the next week, a 12-year-old kid would be shot and killed by an officer.


So when it comes to being an executive producer of “S.W.A.T.” ― a police show following Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Shemar Moore), a Los Angeles S.W.A.T. lieutenant assigned to lead a highly skilled unit in the community where he grew up ― Thomas approaches storytelling differently than his white colleagues.


And that’s what makes his seat in the writers’ room all the more vital.

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