::1968 Chicago riots


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} {{#invoke:Navbox|navbox}} The 1968 Chicago riots, in the U.S., were sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was shot while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968 at 6:01 pm. Violence and chaos followed, with blacks flooding out onto the streets of major cities. Soon riots began, primarily in black urban areas.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Over 100 major U.S. cities experienced disturbances, resulting in roughly $50 million in damage.

Rioters and police in Chicago, Illinois were particularly aggressive, and the damage was severe.<ref name=Risen2009ch10>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Of the 39 people who died in the nationwide disturbances, 34 were black. Chicago, Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. experienced some of the worst riots. In Chicago, more than 48 hours of rioting left 11 Chicago citizens dead, 48 wounded by police gunfire, 90 policemen injured, and 2,150 people arrested.<ref name="West Madison Street 1968">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Two miles of Austin on West Madison Street were left in a state of rubble.

Later the same year, around the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Chicago would again be a place for political protest and clashes with the authorities.

1968 Chicago riots sections
Intro  Riots  Investigation and aftereffects  References