Rioting broke out in the Livernois Fenkell area of Detroit, U.S.A. on Monday night (28?
GV Night street scene with police cars and flashing lights and police in streets (3 shots)
GV Police car on fire
SCU Mayou Young at scene
GV Police chief and reinforcements arriving (2 shots)
GV Police officer calling up police rangers
GV Police arresting looters
SV PAN wrecked shop-frontage
TRANSCRIPT: "It began as a small group protesting the shooting outside Bolton's Bar....but soon became a large angry crowd. The several hundred youths quickly moved north on Livernois, throwing rocks at police and several cars. One policeman was struck on the forehead by a brick, and several of the police scout cars were set on fire. Mayor Young took no time in getting to the scene. He remained there most of the night. Police Chief Tanyon was one of the five hundred Detroit policemen who patrolled the area most of the night. Many of them were quickly mobilised from Coball Hall where they had been assigned to patrol a rock concert."
POLICEMAN: "Up here all you Coball Central Rangers... come on up here. All Central Rangers up here."
SCHATZ: "Police arrested more than fifty people, most of them for looting. Several rifles were taken from Ept's sporting Goods store.Police remove the rest of the long-guns and pistols as precautionary measure. By three a.m., everything was calm. Now the big clean-up would begin."
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Background: 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.