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Watts Riots August 11 to 17, 1965.Police arrest a man during the Watts riots. My family and I left for a planned trip to Houston,Texas the night the Watts Riots began. When we returned home we found that the riot had progressed within blocks of our home.

August 1965, the Watts area of South Central Los Angeles - Watts Riots. Looter is Shot by LAPD officers. Photo by William Reagh.


Aftermath of the Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion). A race riot that took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965. The six-day unrest resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage. It was the most severe riot in the city's history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992.


The city's in flames, societal fabric's unravellin', but still these cats look cool. The Dapper Rebels of the Watts Riots, Los Angeles, 1966.


On August 11, 1965, LA's Watts Riots began in reaction to the arrest of a Black man for drunk driving, triggering days of rampage that damaged or destroyed more than 600 buildings and cost 34 lives. Proposition 14, overwhelmingly passed in 1964, banned attempts to desegregate housing and added to the desperation felt by many of LA's 650,000 African Americans, as racial equality was all but nonexistent and housing strictly segregated.