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11 August

Burn, Baby, Burn

August 11, 2009
1 min read

On this day in 1965m a Los Angeles police officer pulled over motorist Marquette Frye on suspicion of drunk driving. The Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California has seen a build up of racial tension over the preceding months and Frye’s arrest was enough so spark a six-day riot. It led to 34 deaths and $50 – $100 million in property damage.

Wednesday I watched the riot …

Seen the cops out on the street

Watched ’em throwin’ rocks and stuff

And chokin’ in the heat

Listened to reports

About the whisky passin’ ’round

Seen the smoke and fire

And the market burnin’ down

Watched while everybody

On his street would take a turn

To stomp and smash and bash and crash

And slash and bust and burn

Frank Zappa, Trouble Every Day