Police Brutality

These are some of countless examples of police attacking or murdering people of color and/or labor organizing. This list focuses on local and state police. There are many more cases that involve the U.S. National Guard and state militia. Read about the history of policing. See also a list of Massacres in U.S. History.

Zoot suiters lined up outside Los Angeles jail en route to court after feud with sailors. Black and white photo.

June 3, 1943: The Zoot Suit Riots

Racism led to the "zoot suit riots," during which white U.S. servicemen and police entered a majority-Mexican American neighborhood in East Los Angeles where they attacked and detained hundreds of young people.
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