It Isn't Fair: Violence in Detroit

A federal grand jury steps in

It seemed an unremarkable Saturday-night scene: a topless bar in working-class Detroit, shouted epithets, an ugly brawl. But this particular fight was one-sided and fatal, and turned out to be a bleak commentary on the emotions running high in Motor City in June 1982. The victim, Draftsman Vincent Chin, 27, a Chinese American, was at his bachelor party; he was to be married in nine days.

His attackers, a father who was a Chrysler foreman and his stepson, were angry and addled: Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz blamed Japanese...

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