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Tuesday marks Detroit riot anniversary

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DETROIT (WKZO) -- Tuesday marks the anniversary of the start of the 1967 Detroit riot also known as the 12th Street Riot.  It started after a police raid of a blind pig on the city's west side.  Confrontations between police and patrons spilled out into the streets and grew to become one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in the country's history.

Forty-three people died, nearly 1,200 were injured, thousands were arrested and more than two-thousand buildings were destroyed.  The riot lasted five days and ended after the intervention of the Michigan National Guard as well as Army troops sent in by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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