California: Watts Again

The crowd was angry—and far too impatient for the slow, normally undramatic pace of a coroner's jury. Surging through the halls of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, it shouted its case in tattered handbills: "Wanted for the murder of Leonard Deadwyler . . . Bova the Cop."

In life, Leonard Deadwyler, 25, was an unemployed mechanic, an anonymous face among the 450,000 Negroes who live in the abrasive ghetto of Watts. In death, he was made a martyr, his name a provocation to riot. Speeding his pregnant wife to a hospital one night...

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