"Harlem Riots" HoodieCrimes.Online
On July 18, 1964 race riots broke out in Harlem and spread out in to the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. The riots started in Harlem, after the shooting of fifteen year-old James Powell who was shot by an off-duty police officer. It was believed that the incident was an act of police brutality, and an estimated eight thousand Harlem residents took to streets and launched a large-scale riot which quickly spread to the nearby neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant and continued for six days, resulting in the death of one resident, over one hundred injuries, and more than 450 arrests. The New York Race Riots of 1964 highlighted the racial injustice and growing civil unrest existing in northern cities and served as a powerful indicator of the urgent need for social and economic reforms for African American communities outside of the South.