This altercation quickly grew into a frenzy of looting and property destruction, and by Friday 13 August, 2,300 California State Guardsmen were dispatched to assist the Los Angeles Police in quelling what had become a full scale riot. Thirty-four people died during the six days of chaos, many shot by police in the act of looting, and property damage exceeded 40 million dollars. 480 stores were looted, and 288 of those were looted and burned.
Two days short of fifty years later, on 9 August 2015, an 18 year old Black man in Ferguson Missouri, who was celebrating the first anniversary of the suicide of Ferguson resident Michael Brown, fired on police. The police returned fire, critically injuring the man and touching off another riot in the Saint Louis suburb that was torn by rioting just last year.
Have we learned nothing in fifty years?