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The Mount Pleasant Riots: Twenty Years Later

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Rioters destroyed more than 20 police vehicles, costing MPD more than $600,000 in damages alone.
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Rioters destroyed more than 20 police vehicles, costing MPD more than $600,000 in damages alone.

Few people remember the riots that ground life to a halt in D.C.'s Mount Pleasant neighborhood twenty years ago. Residents took to the streets after a rookie police officer shot a male Salvadoran immigrant, allegedly for drinking in public. Emily Friedman takes us back to the riots and explores how, through the turmoil, D.C.'s Latino residents found their voice.

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