Benton Harbor riots

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The city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA has had two major riots in recent times.


On August 30, 1966, due to a fatal shooting,[1] residents rioted for six days. Governor George W. Romney dispatched troops from the Michigan National Guard, who stood down on September 5.[2][3]


In June 2003, residents of Benton Harbor rioted for two days when black motorcyclist Terrance Shurn, being chased by a mixed-race police officer, crashed into a building and died. Five homes were set on fire, and about 300 state troopers and law enforcement personnel from neighboring communities came to Benton Harbor to stabilize the situation.[4] Many saw the riots as a sign of frustration from the mostly black youth population.[3][5][6][7]

Indirectly, the riot contributed to the Jimmy Carter Work Project being held in Benton Harbor and Detroit in 2005.

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Benton Harbor also experienced rioting in 1960, 1967, and 1990.[3]


  1. ^ "Negro Crowd Stones Cars in Michigan". Chicago Tribune. 1966-09-01. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  2. ^ History of the Michigan National Guard: The Tumultuous 1960s: Benton Harbor, 1966, State of Michigan website.
  3. ^ a b c Ast, William F. III (2003-06-19). "Violence brings back bad memories for some". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Rain, curfew help bring quiet night to Benton Harbor". CNN. 2003-06-19. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  5. ^ Hartzell, Ted (2003-06-17). "House burned, police vehicles vandalized during Benton Harbor riot". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  6. ^ Ast, William F. III; Michael Eliasohn (2003-06-18). "Second night of violence leaves at least 15 injured in Benton Harbor". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  7. ^ Aiken, Scott (2003-06-19). "Huge police presence, rain keep rioters off the streets". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 

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