this day in crime history: august 11, 1965

WattsRiot

On this date in 1965, a minor scuffle following a traffic stop in Los Angeles would escalate into what would become known as the Watts riots. The unrest would continue until August 17th. When it was all over, 34 people were killed, over 1000 injured, and 3400 arrested. Almost a thousand buildings, mostly businesses, were damaged or destroyed. Damage was estimated to be about $40 million.

Further reading:

Watts Rebellion (Los Angeles, 1965)

Wikipedia – Watts Riots

One thought on “this day in crime history: august 11, 1965

  1. John D.:
    Must have been a HOT summer there in the Watts district, because stats show that heat does breed anger more easily.
    And we ALL know where that can lead when it comes to behavior patterns.

    I’ll wager NO ONE involved in causing the wholesale destruction EVER paid a red cent to REBUILD the area. That had to have fallen squarely on the shoulders of the taxpayers.
    Typical.

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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