Benton Harbor riots
The city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA has had two major riots.
In June 2003, several citizens in 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. Rioters set five vacant and dilapidated houses in the worst neighborhood of Benton Harbor on fire, to express their overall frustration with conditions in their lives and in the city of Benton Harbor. Many Benton Harbor residents came out to watch the fire and see what was going on. About 300 state troopers and law enforcement personnel from neighboring communities came to Benton Harbor to stabilize the situation.
Benton Harbor also experienced rioting in 1960, 1967, and 1990.
- "Negro Crowd Stones Cars in Michigan". Chicago Tribune. 1966-09-01. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
- History of the Michigan National Guard: The Tumultuous 1960s: Benton Harbor, 1966, State of Michigan website.
- Ast, William F. III (2003-06-19). "Violence brings back bad memories for some". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- "Rain, curfew help bring quiet night to Benton Harbor.". CNN. 2003-06-19. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- Hartzell, Ted (2003-06-17). "House burned, police vehicles vandalized during Benton Harbor riot". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- 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.
- Aiken, Scott (2003-06-19). "Huge police presence, rain keep rioters off the streets". The Herald-Palladium. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- Benton Harbor, A Plan for Positive Change: Final Report of the Governor’s Benton Harbor Task Force, Reverend James Atterberry and Greg Roberts, co-chairs, October 15, 2003
- Wilgoren, Jodi (2003-06-19). "Fatal Police Chase Ignites Rampage in Michigan Town". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
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