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Watts Riots Remembered Half a Century Later
In 1965, violent race riots raged on in Los Angeles. Fifty years later, in light of continuing civil unrest, the deadly riots are remembered.
Firefighters battle a blaze set in a shoe store that collapses in flames during rioting in the Watts district of Los Angeles. It began with a routine traffic stop 50 years ago this month, blossomed into a protest with the help of a rumor and escalated into the deadliest and most destructive riot Los Angeles had seen. The Watts riot broke out Aug. 11, 1965 and raged for most of a week. When the smoke cleared, 34 people were dead, more than a 1,000 were injured and some 600 buildings were damaged.AP