Facts about US racial unrest


Blind justice lawsource: Mint Press
published: 23 August 2014

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there mirrored past, larger-scale riots in multiple U.S. cities, most of them triggered by perceived racial injustice, or an incident involving police, in already tense communities.

As calm begins to take hold and Ferguson takes its place alongside past urban riots, here are some details about racial unrest in the United States:

THE ST. LOUIS AREA RIOTED BEFORE

In July 1917, Gov. Frank O. Lowden sent in troops to maintain order after there was an influx of black laborers into St. Louis’ factories while white workers were on strike. Once the troops left on July 2, a group of whites shot at blacks’ homes, and blacks retaliated by killing two white police officers.

Over the next 24 hours, 39 blacks and nine whites were killed. More than 300 buildings, including many shanties where blacks lived, were destroyed by white rioters. After a state grand jury investigation, 144 men, including five police officers, were indicted on charges ranging from arson to murder.

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