Marquette Frye was pulled over August 11, 1965 because he was expected of driving while being intoxicated.
Frye was arrested
After Marquette Frye was pulled over a crowd started to form then he was asked to step out of his vehicle.
Racism in Watts
I have to come to apply for a job.
We are not hiring go now!
Marquette Frye's arresting officer and the crowd erupted in anger.
Riots in Watts
Frye was arrested and that was, "the match that lit their fire" a riot began.
Local citizens in Watts were tired of police using excessive force, being turned down for jobs by wealthy whites that lived in better neighborhoods, and the over crowded living conditions.
Following Frye's arrest, There were five days of looting, burning, and rioting. California's governor ordered the National Guard to keep order. After the five days 34 people were killed and the property damage was $40 million.