List of incidents of civil unrest in the United States

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This article is about incidents of civil unrest, rioting, violent labor disputes, or minor insurrections or revolts in the United States. For incidents occurring before the declaration of independence, see List of incidents of civil unrest in Colonial North America.

18th century – United States of America under the Articles of Confederation[edit]

18th century – United States of America under the Constitution[edit]

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  • 2010 – University of Tennessee Lane Kiffin Riot. Students riot on the Knoxville campus following head football coach Lane Kiffin's announcement that he took the head coaching job at the University of Southern California.
  • 2010 – University of Maryland basketball disturbance 2010, College Park, Maryland, March 3 following a game; 28 arrested.
  • 2010 – Springfest Riot, April 10, 200 police disperse crowd of 8000 using tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds, near the campus of James Madison University; dozens injured; 30-35 arrested., Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 2010 – Santa Cruz May Day riot, May 1, 250 rampage through downtown Santa Cruz attacking 18 businesses, causing an estimated $100,000 in damages. 1 arrested. Santa Cruz, California
  • 2010 – BART Verdict riot, July 8, Riot breaks out in response to verdict in the killing of Oscar Grant , BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant. About 100 businesses were damaged and 78 people were arrested, Oakland, California
  • 2010 – Eugene Melee, Sept 25, Riot breaks out west of the University of Oregon campus as police use tear gas to break up a rowdy party. 9 arrested. Eugene, Oregon
  • 2010 – Oakland Protest riot, Nov. 5, Police made more than 150 arrests as a crowd broke windows and knocked down fences, protesting sentence of former BART officer in shooting of Oscar Grant on New Years Day 2009 see BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant., Oakland, California
  • 2011 – Pennsylvania State University Joe Paterno Riot. Students riot in protest of the decision of the Board of Trustees to fire head football coach Joe Paterno. State College, Pennsylvania
  • 2011 – Occupy Wall Street (Brooklyn Bridge Protests). Demonstrators blocked the bridge and more than 700 people were arrested. Brooklyn, New York
  • 2011 – Occupy Wall Street Oakland Protests Riots. October. Protesters shattered windows, set fires, and plastered buildings with graffiti. Riot police fired heavy amounts of tear gas on the protesters.
  • 2012 – NATO 2012 Chicago Summit May. Conflict between riot police. Dozens of demonstrators clubbed and arrested.
  • 2012 – Anaheim police shooting and protests, July 28. Violence erupted after multiple shootings in the neighborhood by police that included unarmed Manuel Diaz. 24 people were arrested
  • 2013 - Taylor, Michigan, January 12. An unexpected shortage of Section 8 housing vouchers results in rioting.
  • 2013 - Huntington Beach Unrest, July 29, Riots broke out after surf competition. Rioters damaged cars, newspaper vendors, street signs, and windows.
  • 2013 - Michigan State Riot, Dec 9, 15 Arrested, over 57 Fires after MSU's win over Ohio State
  • 2013 – Brooklyn Riots, March 9. Riots erupt for several nights after the controversial shooting of Kimani Gray. Over 46 demonstrators were arrested.
  • 2013 – Seattle May Day Protest Riots, May 1st, 17 Arrested as Seattle May Day Protests Turn Violent.
  • 2014 – Deltopia Party Turns Violent, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 5, Over 80 Arrested and over 8 police officers Injured.[1]
  • 2014 – Ferguson, Missouri, August 10. Protests turned into violent riots and unrest after the death of teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a Ferguson police officer. Multiple arrests because of curfew violations and looting.[2]
  • 2014 – New York City/Berkeley, California – After prosecutors and a grand jury refused to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, many people protested against it in New York City and other cities, some of them causing unrest. In New York, several people were arrested for assault on a police officer, and in Berkeley, multiple people were arrested for looting and vandalizing.
  • 2014 - New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival Riots - Police tried to disperse rowdy crowd that set fires and threw bottles
  • 2014 - 2014 Riverwalk riot - Police used tear gas to disperse 3000 protesters. A bus was destroyed.
  • 2015 - Kentucky Riots - 31 Rioting Fans Arrested after Kentucky loss in Final Four. Large disturbances and many fires set.
  • 2015 – Baltimore – After days of peaceful protests, rioting and looting began on Monday, April 27, 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. 201[3] people have been arrested and 98[3] police officers injured, 7 seriously, and 2 people shot. One fire victim in critical condition.[4] Baltimore Orioles home game against the Chicago White Sox on April 27 postponed due to unrest and the threat of violence. Damage included looting of a CVS and other establishments as well as the burning down of a construction site that was to be a senior center. On Friday, May 1, 2015, Baltimore state attorney, Marilyn Mosby, charges six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray; charges included 2nd Degree Assault, False Imprisonment, Negligence, Manslaughter, and Depraved Heart Murder.

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  1. ^ "'Deltopia' Spring Break Party Morphs Into Riot In Santa Barbara". 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Police killing prompts rioting, looting near St. Louis". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ a b "98 officers hurt since Monday, police say; Gray case goes to state's attorney". WBAL-TV. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (April 28, 2015). "Baltimore’s Streets Fill With Civilians and National Guard Troops". The New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2015.