On 23 July 1967 city police in Detroit, Michigan raided a liquor house at the corner of 12th and Clairmount in west Detroit, and arrested a few people for illegal alcohol consumption. Thus began the second worst riot in our nation’s history. The rioting went on for five days and resulted in 43 deaths, 467 injuries, more than 7,000 arrests, and over 2,000 buildings destroyed by fire. Although the arrests of 23 July precipitated the violence, the underlying causes of the riot had been simmering for some time. Today, the corner is marked by a small park and sculpture.
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