Eyewitnesses to Detroit's Chaos During the summer of 1967, the Detroit Riots brought national attention to a city fired up over poverty, racism and police brutality. For five days, looters roamed the streets, fires blazed, 43 people died and thousands were arrested. Two witnesses of the riots talk about its impact.
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Eyewitnesses to Detroit's Chaos

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Eyewitnesses to Detroit's Chaos

Eyewitnesses to Detroit's Chaos

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During the summer of 1967, the Detroit Riots brought national attention to a city fired up over poverty, racism and police brutality. For five days, looters roamed the streets, fires blazed, 43 people died and thousands were arrested.

Two witnesses of the riots — Tim Myrick, author of In the Waters of My Mind, and Dr. Patricia Gussin, author of Shawdow of Death — talk about its impact.