This juxtaposition of images was created as it shows:
the incongruity of LASPD policing and rhetoric
the disciplinary/policing hegemony in the schooling of minority children
By juxtaposing these images, I hope to show the ideological infrastructure supporting state violence under the rhetoric of safety and engagement through the deceptively benign form of chosen self-representation.
In the two photos showing LASPD community engagement, police are shown in a manner suggesting that their early interventions with children are innocent, playful, or amiable. This belies the violence of their powers within the school district as depicted in the accompanying infomatic data.
Los Angeles School Police Department. 2018. “Los Angeles School Police Department’s Facebook Page.”Facebook, November 24, 2018.
Los Angeles School Police Department. 2018. “Los Angeles School Police Department’s Website About Page.” About LASPD, November 24, 2018.
Nelson, Linnea, Victor Leung, and Jessica Cobb. "The right to remain a student: How California school policies fail to protect and serve." The American Civil Liberties Union of California. https://www. aclusocal. org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/The-Right-to-Remain-a-Student-ACLU-CA-Report. pdf. Retrieved on December 13 (2016): 2016.