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Worst race riots in US history
As the city of Cincinnati returns to normal after three days of violent clashes between police and members of the black community, here is a chronology of the worst race riots in recent US history:
- August 11-17, 1965: A routine identity check by police on two black men in a car sparks the Watts riots in Los Angeles, which leave 34 people dead, 1,032 injured and cause more than 40 millions dollars' worth of damage.
The trouble starts when Marquette Frye and his half-brother are stopped by police and taken in for questioning. Several thousand blacks surround the police station and after a week of arson and looting, the Watts ghetto is all but destroyed.
- Summer 1966: Violence flares in 43 cities, including Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, and San Francisco, resulting in 11 deaths and more than 400 injured.
- July 12-17, 1967: A heated dispute between two white police officers and a black taxi driver sets off rioting in Newark, New Jersey. For five days, in stifling summer heat, rioters wreck the district, leaving 26 dead and 1,500 injured.
- July 23-28, 1967: Race riots in Detroit, Michigan, kill 43 and leave more than 2,000 injured. Trouble spreads to Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland. The death toll in 128 cities nationwide for 1967 is 83 dead.
- April 4-11, 1968: After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis, Tennessee, violence erupts in 125 cities, leaving at least 46 dead and 2,600 injured. In Washington, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends in the elite 82nd Airborne Division to quell riots.
- May 17-20, 1980: The acquittal of four white police officers in Tampa, Florida, on charges of beating a black motorcyclist to death in December 1979 in Miami after he rode through a red light, sets off a wave of violence in Miami's Liberty City, leaving 18 dead and more than 400 injured.
- August 1991: Four days of rioting in the Crown Heights district of Brooklyn, New York, between Hassidic Jews and blacks. The violence is set off by the death of a seven-year-old black child run over by the motorcade of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. An Australian Jewish student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is knifed and killed by a 21-year-old black, Lemrick Nelson, who seven years later is sentenced to 19 years' imprisonment.
- April 30-May 1, 1992: The worst riots in US history take place in Los Angeles, with a toll of 59 dead and more than 2,300 injured. The violence was set off by the acquittal of four white police officers who were caught on camera beating up a black man, Rodney King, after stopping his car. Violent incidents also break out in Atlanta, San Jose, California, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York.
- October 24, 1996: The death of a black driver, killed by a white policeman, sparks a night of violence in the rundown black quarter of Saint Petersburg, Florida, in which 15 people are injured.
- April 9, 2001: Rioting breaks out in Cincinnati, Ohio, after the killing of a 19-year-old black, Timothy Thomas, by a white police officer. Thomas is the fourth black victim of white police in the city since November 2000.
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