José A. Alvarado Jr.

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Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. (b.1989) is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual... MORE
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for The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded: Changing the Police, Charlie Walker's Plan
josé a. alvarado jr.
Aug 4, 2022
Location: Yonkers
Every four years, the Yonkers Police Department starts the process of hiring new officers. This time, the department is specifically recruiting people of color  through a program known as "Be The Change."    

Of course in Yonkers, there are plenty of Black people who don't feel it's up to them to "change" a department that has a long history of misconduct. But there's also a strong community of Black officers who question whether reform is possible until the Yonkers Police more accurately reflect the community they serve.  

In this episode, Embedded, in partnership with the Marshall Project, explores why so few officers of color are on the Yonkers police force and why even those who've made it onto the force often feel the odds are stacked against them.

Photographed for The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded.
Changing the Police: Charlie Walker's Plan : Embedded
Every four years, the Yonkers Police Department starts the process of hiring new officers. This time, the department is specifically recruiting people of color through a program known as "Be The Change." Of course in Yonkers, there are plenty of...
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