Detroit Riots

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Detroit, Michigan believe it or not, used to be seen as the epitome of the American dream. The birthplace of the automobile, Detroit was once an industrial powerhouse, the focal point of the automobile industry. Judging off of the present, it might be hard to believe this. The Detroit riots of 1967 sent the city in a downward spiral. The Detroit riots were directed toward the whites and blacks of Detroit. The riots started because people of Detroit, particularly the African-Americans, felt they were treated unfairly due to police abuse, the lack of affordable housing, economic inequality, and rapid demographic change. A historic example of what could have triggered the riots was a police raid of an unlicensed after hours bar known as the…show more content…
The birthplace of the automobile, Detroit was once an industrial powerhouse, the focal point of the automobile industry. Judging off of the present, this may be hard to believe. The Detroit riots of 1967 sent the city in a downward spiral. The Detroit riots were directed toward the whites and blacks of Detroit. The riots started because people of Detroit, particularly the African-Americans, felt they were treated unfairly due to police abuse, the lack of affordable housing, economic inequality, and rapid demographic change. A historic example of what could have triggered the riots was a police raid of an unlicensed after hours bar known as the Blind Pig. Although the raid of the bar may have started the riots, tension was being built up for years prior and all that it did was release…show more content…
on Sunday, July 23, 1967 twelve officers did a routine raid on an unlicensed after hours bar known as the Blind Pig. There were 82 people arrested; and, as the last squad car was loading suspects, a crowd of anywhere between 150 and 200 people surrounded the area. They made threats towards the police officers and began to rile each other up and started an uproar. As the last squad car began to pull out early that morning, the crowd began to throw bottles and rocks, triggering the worst riot of the 20th century. By 8:30 AM, arson was reported. Based off of their very successful experience with the Kerchaval mini riot that took place a year earlier due to similar circumstances, Detroit police assembled a large number of officers in riot gear and marched them down 12th street to dismember the crowd. It took the police until mid-Sunday morning to gather their personnel. This massive display of police power dispersed the crowd on 12th street but did not stop the looting and arson. Rioters eluded the police by running through backyards and alleys. By noon, the first strike effort of the police had failed and the riot was spreading throughout the African American neighborhoods. The police had no plan B; and as a matter of fact, on Sunday afternoon many officers believed they had been told to establish a perimeter around the riot, allowing all people to leave even when in possession of looted goods but to not allow anyone to enter. It proved impossible to keep people
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