LAPD goes from oppressor to partner

At one of the flash points
LAPD Sgt. Rick Arteaga is is photographed at Vermont Avenue and Manchester Boulevard in South Los Angeles, the same intersection he was working the day the riots broke out on April 29, 1992. Arteaga, who’s stationed in the 77th Street Division, has been with the department since 1989.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

In 1992, the Los Angeles Police Department was regarded with suspicion and downright hostility by many in South L.A. Now, two decades after the riots, the “siege mentality” is gone, crime is down significantly and 70% of city residents approve of the department. Many of the officers who had to face hundreds of angry rioters still work the same neighborhoods.
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