Negro teenagers rioted in Chicago, Illinois, for the second night in a row on Wednesday (13 July).
Negro teenagers rioted in Chicago, Illinois, for the second night in a row on Wednesday (13 July). Roving gangs tossed bottles of flaming gasoline into stores and buildings causing fires. Firemen attempting to extinguish the fires were stoned. Other Negroes exchanged shots with police trying to quell the violence. At least two Negroes were injured by gunfire.
Two motorists, whose car windows were broken by rocks, and more than a dozen police officers were treated for injuries. Thirty-nine persons were arrested. The total number of persons taken into custody in two days of violence is 80.
Wednesday's violence was touched off when detectives attempted to arrest a robbery suspect on a busy corner. Threatening crowds gathered and soon marauding youths took to the streets, throwing rocks and fire bombs. The scene was the same area where violence broke out Tuesday night when police refused to allow Negro youths to keep fire hydrants open during ninety degree evening temperatures.
Earlier Wednesday night police dispersed one crowd of about one thousand persons, mostly teenagers. They had the help of a sudden rainstorm. The sustained violence occurred after the storm had subsided. About one hundred youths were involved.
Damage in burned buildings and broken store windows is extensive from the two night rampage but there is no estimate in dollars available.
Meanwhile, in New York City, small bands of Negro youths roved through the streets of the Bedford Stuyvesant action of Brooklyn, a Negro ghetto, breaking windows and looting. Two arrests were made.