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The Mount Pleasant Riots, Decades Later (Originally Broadcast 4/29/2011)

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

The Mount Pleasant Riots aren't well known even for many people who live in D.C. In 1991, Two days of rioting ensued after a rookie police officer shot a male Salvadoran immigrant for drinking in public. Angry, and tired of feeling misunderstood, young Latinos lit the streets on fire. Emily Friedman talks with people who witnessed the riots to find out how the turmoil forever changed the Latino community in the nation's capital.

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