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20, July 2017

From Amicable Meetings to Brutal Beatings: The 1972 City Jail Sit-In

The evening of July 11, 1972, was typical of a St. Louis summer—until 30 riot squad policemen armed with tear gas, clubs, and dogs stormed the chapel on the sixth floor of the St. Louis City Jail to break up a three-day protest against cold food, lack of hygiene supplies, poor recreation facilities, and inadequate medical care. The white policemen brutally attacked 25 male inmates, 40 female inmates, and 7 citizen negotiators, all of whom were black.  Read more »