Detroit Riots Exposed In New Movie

A new movie, directed by Kathryn Bigelow tells the horrible story of Detroit riots (1967), which led to the federalization of the Michigan National Guard.

The 1967 Detroit riots are also known as the 12th Street riot. A police raid on an unlicensed bar suddenly developed into a brutal violent struggle which lasted 5 days and surpassed the violence and property destruction of Detroit’s 1943 race riot.

Governor George W. Romney had to bring Michigan Army National Guard into Detroit, and President Lyndon B. Johnson was forced to send in both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. The result was 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200.

Detroit riots resulted in 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrested, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. There have been only two riots of larger scale in American history – the 1863 New York City draft riots during the American Civil War, and the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

The Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty brings to the big screen the horrible reality police brutality, racial prejudice, framing and controlling.

Detroit Stars John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Laz Alonso, Jacob Latimore and many others.

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