In the mid-nineties, the LAPD was in search of a public image makeover after the Rodney King uprisings. As part of these efforts, the LAPD gave photographer Joseph Rodríguez unprecedented access to document the officers in the field for The New York Times, hoping to give the public an image of a “kinder, gentler cop?”, as the headline put it. For weeks, he immersed himself in the daily workings of the 77th Street, Pacific, and Rampart Divisions.

Bronx Documentary Center : Joseph Rodríguez : LAPD 1994 – The Eye of Photography Magazine

In a year when millions of Americans poured into the streets demanding changes in police strategy, training and deployment, the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) believes a crucial part of the conversation should be Joseph Rodríguez’s photo series and just-released book, LAPD 1994.

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