The Watts Riots
Moments in Civil Rights History
On Aug. 11, 1965, police pulled over a car driven by two brothers, Marquette and Ronald Frye. A crowd gathered as officers questioned the young African-American men. The police presence also grew, and the boys' mother arrived on the scene. A struggle ensued. Police beat the brothers, then they and their mother were arrested, leading to violent riots. After six days, on Aug. 17, the violence ended.