The aftermath of the Watts Riots, August 1965. Photo: Los Angeles Times Staff Photographer. Copyright 2005, Los Angeles Times. Reprinted with Permission.

The aftermath of the Watts Riots, August Photo: Los Angeles Times Staff Photographer. Reprinted with Permission.

Nearly 4000 people were arrested for various crimes, including looting, during the Watts riots of the 1960s.

The Watts Riots in sparked by tensions between Los Angeles' black residents and police. The violence left 34 people dead.

watts riot on life cover

"Arson and Street War -- Most Destructive Riot in U. Hisotry," August 1965 Photo credit: Life Magazine, on the Watts riots

WATTS RIOT in 1965 I was born in 1965 Dedrick & the riots were very close to home at Washington hi school

WATTS RIOT in 1965 (Los Angeles) Stemmed from Police Discrimination and Police Abuse of Blacks and Latinos.

Rena Price Is Dead at 97 - Catalyst for the Watts Riots - NYTimes.com

Rena Price Is Dead at 97; Catalyst for the Watts Riots

Woman Defending Son From Police Triggers 1965 Watts Riot: intervened when an officer pulled over one of her sons, leading to a racially-charged scuffle that set off the 1965 riot.

50 Years Ago Today – Historical Photographs from the Watts Riots in August, 1965, Los Angeles, USA

National Guard troops secure a stretch of Street, in Watts to help Los Angeles authorities restore order, 1965

The Watts Riot was basically a war zone and Martial Law was declared.

The Watts Riot was basically a war zone and Martial Law was declared.

On August 11, 1965  Rena Price rushed from her home in South Los Angeles to a nearby traffic stop where a white California Highway Patrol officer had pulled over her son Marquette Frye. Accounts vary on what set off the scuffle, but a patrolman hit Frye on the head with a baton and his mother jumped on another officer

Armed National Guardsmen march toward smoke on the horizon during the street fires of the Watts rebellion, August Photo credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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