Civil unrest and riot activity in Downtown Cincinnati   Save
Civil unrest and riot activity in Downtown Cincinnati
Description: Two black men being removed from an Austin-Healey 3000 sports car by a Cincinnati, Ohio, police officer. 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 touched off by an accidental shooting. A man, James Smith, armed with a shotgun, was trying to protect his property from looters. A person approached Smith, grabbed the barrel of the shotgun, causing the gun to accidentally fire, killing Smith's wife. A rumor spread that "a white policeman had killed a colored woman," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, April 9, 1968. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AV3_B16F28_01
Subjects: Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century; Riot control; Ohio History--Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights; Law enforcement; Police officers;
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)