A Chicago riot over fire hydrant use leaves two dead, 370 arrested. Days later, Chicago mayor Richard Daley and Martin Luther King, Jr., announce new plans.
1966 (Jul 12-15)
A dispute between police and Black children over the use of a fire hydrant for recreation resulted in rioting in one of Chicago's Black ghettoes. Two Blacks were killed, many were injured, and 370 were arrested. Three days later Chicago mayor Richard Daley and Martin Luther King, Jr., announced new programs in recreation for Chicago Blacks, a committee to study police-citizen relations, and a plan for closer cooperation between community residents and police.