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Then more calls came in. They were more frantic and explicit. ” Mercy!!! 58 Racism in America Earlier Tension in the Watts Area The situation in Watts, in which an agitator spread the rumor that police were mistreating a pregnant woman, may have been inspired by an earlier incident in the area that did, in fact, involve white police officers and a pregnant black woman. On May 7 a pair of white policemen on patrol had pulled over a black man for speeding. The man had been rushing to the hospital, with his pregnant wife in the passenger seat.

On the morning of July 23, a Sunday, police raided several private drinking establishments. The one on Twelfth Street was loaded with customers, all of whom were arrested. Before the drinkers could be removed, the arrestees had formed a mob. Rumors quickly spread that the officers were mistreating the arrestees, and violence broke out late in the morning. Rocks and bottles flew through the air, while storefront windows were smashed and buildings were set on fire. Looting occurred everywhere, with some people joining in for just this reason.

The human cost of the Detroit riot was horrendous—43 dead and over 450 injured. More than 7,000 arrests were made; half of those detained had no prior criminal record. Over 2,500 buildings were looted or destroyed, and estimated property damage exceeded $40 million.

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