8.11.65

Forty-seven years ago today, black motorist Marquette Frye was, along with his brother, pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving by a white CHP officer, Lee Minkus on a hot August evening in 1965.

Ultimately, it was the spark that lit five days of violence in Los Angeles — which would be considered the worst urban unrest in the city’s — 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage — until the Los Angeles Riots of 1992.

Below is police scanner audio from the first evening as tensions mounted:

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