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The Watts Rebellion took place in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, between August 11th and August 17th, 1965. The incident was the culmination of decades of government oppression and repression of the Black majority population of Los Angeles, ranging from illegal beatings, shootings, torture, theft, crushing fines, and harassment through abuse of authority to arrest. Many LAPD officers came directly from the Jim Crow South, and carried their tactics with them to the force.
On the night of August 11th, 1965, 21-year-old motorist Marquette Frye was pulled over for supposed reckless driving by police officer Lee Minikus. Frye was placed under arrest. Afterwards, his mother and brother were viciously beaten up and arrested as well, and his mother’s 1955 Buick was impounded. This righteously inflamed the community, and residents began coming to the scene of the incident with bricks, broken pieces of concrete, and bottles, thus beginning the…
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