News10NBC looks back on Rochester Riots

Updated: 07/24/2014 8:25 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 5:00 AM WHEC.com

It is an event that rocked the city of Rochester to its core.

Fifty years ago this week, a three day riot broke out on Joseph Avenue and Nassau Street. Violence erupted after police arrested a 19-year-old during a street dance for public intoxication. 

Many say racial tensions were already high due to concerns over police brutality, jobs and housing. At the end, four people were dead and nearly a 1,000 people were arrested.

All week, News10NBC has been taking an in-depth look at the riots of 1964. Tonight, you can tune into our half hour special, "50 Years Later: The Rochester Riots." We will take a look at the impact of the riots then and now. You will also hear what Mayor Lovely Warren has to say about the challenges still facing the city. The special airs at 7:30 p.m. on News10NBC.

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