Watts Riots of 1965

Watts riots of 1965 erupted for six days in Los Angeles after a black motorist Marquette Fyre, was pulled over and arrested with excessive force.
Fyre’s mother and step brother who were both only protecting and defending him were also beat and arrested. Shortly after being alarmed by multiple sirens in the area, crowds begin to grow at the scene which ensued into a fight between citizens and cops.
After becoming aware of a cop dragging and beating a pregnant black woman out of the crowd, citizens began to riot.
The riots were not just about police brutality in the black community but also a call to end discrimination in housing, employment and schooling.


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