The Harlem, New York Race Riots started by the death of 15-year old, James Powell were a series of race riots that occurred between 1964 and 1965.
15-year old James Powell was shot and killed by a white off-duty police officer on July 18, 1964. Charging that the incident was an act of police brutality, an estimated eight thousand Harlem residents took the streets and launched large riots.
As New York City began to calm down, another riot broke out in Rochester, New York. Like the Harlem Riot, the Rochester Riot started from an act of police brutality. For three days, angry protesters turned vehicles, burned buildings, and looted stores causing over one million dollars worth of damage.