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Cincinnati police officers arresting a rioter
Description: This photograph depicts two police officers arresting a black man in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rioting erupted in the Avondale section of Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 8, 1968, five days after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The rioting was set off by an accidental shooting in which a man named James Smith, armed with a shotgun, was trying to protect his property from looters. A person approached Smith and grabbed the barrel of the shotgun, causing the gun to accidentally fire, killing Smith's wife. A rumor spread that "a white policeman had shot a colored woman," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, April 9, 1968. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL06906
Subjects: Riot control; Ohio History--State and Local Government; Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century; Ohio History--Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)