In Plain Sight: Photographic Recordings of Police Violence (Koreatown/Westlake) | Link TV
In Plain Sight: Photographic Recordings of Police Violence (Koreatown/Westlake)
This photo essay is one in a series titled "In Plain Sight: Photographic Recordings of Police Violence" by Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin.
The Koreatown/Westlake section of Los Angeles is home to a diverse intersection of cultures. In this part of the city lies a history of police-involved investigations, including the infamous LAPD Rampart Division corruption scandal of the late 1990s. This photo essay includes the Rampart police station as well as several other sites of violence where residents have reportedly died at the hands of officers.
The Rampart police scandal was centered on the activities of the Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) gang unit. A documented incident of corruption, in this case, involved police officers who framed an unarmed man for murder, but there were many other incidents as well. A major (though less publicized) component of the scandal was the beating, and subsequent cover-up of it, of a suspect while he was being detained at the Rampart station.
Acts of police violence in Koreatown are not limited to the Rampart scandal. Between 2008 and 2010, two unarmed men were shot and killed by the police. The investigations that followed determined that the police department was at fault in both cases, as neither man was armed or posed any threat to the responding officers. The two incidents received some scant local coverage in comparison to the current wave of attention that the subject of police violence has received. These relatively unknown cases speak to the fact that police violence against men of color is not a new phenomenon, nor is it limited to a certain part of the city.
Dontaze Storey Jr. was shot and killed by a Rampart Division police officer in front of his pregnant girlfriend on the corner of 3rd Street and New Hampshire. The police said they thought he had a weapon initially but multiple witnesses confirmed that he had nothing in his hand when he was killed. A wrongful death case was later settled with the mother of his then unborn child.
Roughly two years later, an unarmed man with learning disabilities named Steven Washington was shot and killed while walking down Vermont Boulevard. No weapon was present but officers shot him because they deemed him unresponsive to verbal commands. The shooting sparked immediate criticism from Washington’s family. The department initially concluded that the shooting was justified but that was eventually overruled by an independent civilian oversight commission.
The pace of life in a place as populated as Koreatown and Westlake can be daunting. Because of this dynamic, it can be easy for some to forget (or ignore) the long history of police violence in this community. Just as in other areas of L.A., this bustling urban landscape continues to be in a state of redevelopment so documenting its spaces before they disappear is of critical significance.
The Yurok people care for all of their family members, and their kin — including condors and salmon — reciprocate the care.
Places like Taylor Yard give us a window to explore ways to balance the city's critical needs for green space, livable space and climate change strategies.
All around the United States is a 100-mile border zone where one can be searched and one's things seized. Policies way beyond what the constitution allows is regularly implemented. Artists drew on select sites. Here's what they realized.
Created by policymakers in the 1940s, the border zone extends 100 miles inland from the nation’s land and sea boundaries and houses nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population. It's also where the 4th amendment rights of the people have been subverted.
- 1 of 63
- next ›
From the typeface of “The Godfather” book cover to the Noguchi table, the influence of Japanese American artists and designers in postwar American art and design is unparalleled. Learn how the World War II incarceration affected their lives and creations.
"Artbound" looks at the dinnerware of Heath Ceramics and a design that has stood the test of time since the company began in the late 1940’s.
Inspired by Oaxacan traditions, Dia de Los Muertos was brought to L.A. in the '70s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity. It has since grown in proportions and is celebrated around the world.
Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late 60’s and early 70’s, a time defined by political movements across the country.
A behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary art world through the eyes of a legendary art dealer and curator, Jeffrey Deitch.
- 1 of 11
- next ›