Rioting broke out in the Livernois Fenkell area of Detroit, U.S.A. on Monday night (28?
Rioting broke out in the Livernois Fenkell area of Detroit, U.S.A. on Monday night (28 July) following the shooting of a black youth by white barman.
The youth, 18-year-old Obie Wynn, was after the bar-owner had accused him and his companies of tempering with a car. He later died in hospital.
The incident sparked off a night of rock-throwing, fire-bombing and looting after several hundred angry black youths began roaming the area, clashing with police. An estimated five hundred extra policemen were drafted into the Detroit West side area to quell the violence.
By daybreak on Wednesday (29 July), the trouble was reported to have died down. Police later said they had arrested thirty three people during the valence, most of them accuse of looting after a number of shop windows had been smashed.
Detroit's black mayor, Calamine Young, arrived on the scene shortly after the rioting began. He later said that at no time did the situation look like a repetition of the 1967 violence in the city, in which 43 people died and millions of dollars' worth of property was destroyed.
This film is serviced with a commentary by T.V.N. reporter Roger Scats. A transcript follows overleaf.