Watts riots

Watts riots

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  • Get your monkey a** outa here boy!
  • Before the Watts Riots, Watts was a below average community which was predominately African-American. 
  • 1 out of every 3 people in Watts were unemployed. The one to two bedroom houses usually had 2-3 families living in them at a time.
  • During this time African-Americans were under heavy racial discrimination, and police brutality was at a high.
  • On August 11th, 1965, Marquette Frye was stopped for a field test for drunkness. Things took an aggressive turn as cops began to beat Frye and manhandle a black woman in a crowd of angry bystanders. 
  • The crowd then turned into a MOB of about 1,500. They threw rocks and bricks. They also overturned cars and set them on fire. 
  • The rioting and looting lasted for six days. The aftermath of the chaos caused millions of dollars in damage. 
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