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Fifty years after riots tore the neighborhood apart, residents and civic leaders examine the impact.

50 Watts: Riots 50 Years Later

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    It began with a routine traffic stop, blossomed into a protest with the help of a rumor and escalated into the deadliest and most destructive rioting Los Angeles had seen. Carolyn Johnson reports for "50Watts" on Aug. 11, 2015.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015)

    It began with a routine traffic stop, blossomed into a protest with the help of a rumor and escalated into the deadliest and most destructive rioting Los Angeles had seen. The Watts riots broke out Aug. 11, 1965, and raged for most of a week.

    When the smoke cleared, 34 people were dead, more than a 1,000 were injured and some 600 buildings were damaged.

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