11 August 2004

August 11, 1965

dude, why can't we all just get a longboard?
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A white motorcycle cop from the California Highway Patrol pulls over a car at 116th and Avalon, near Watts.
When Marquette Frye, a black man, fails the field sobriety test, the CHP officer places him under arrest and
radios for a transportation unit and a towtruck. 15 minutes later, with more than 1,000 spectators gathered
to watch the scene, a scuffle breaks out between police officers and members of the driver's family.
This altercation sets the stage for the bloody Watts riots two days later.
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