Watts Riots

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

On August 11, 1965, Los Angeles’s South Central neighbourhood of Watts became a scene of the greatest example of racial tension America had seen. A Los Angeles police officer pulled over motorist Marquette Frye (who was with his brother Ronald); he suspected Marquette of driving drunk. While officers questioned them, a crowd of onlookers had begun to form. When Rena…
Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

In the predominantly black Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles, racial tension reaches a breaking point after two white policemen scuffle with a black motorist suspected of drunken driving. A crowd of spectators gathered near the corner of Avalon Boulevard and 116th Street to watch the arrest and soon grew angry by what they believed to be yet another incident of…