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Riot flares in Dallas protest march

July
28
1973

On this day in 1973, a "March for Justice" took place in protest against the killing of Santos Rodríguez in Dallas. While being questioned about a robbery, Rodríguez was killed by a Dallas policeman, Darrell Cain. Cain was subsequently tried for murder and convicted, and Rodríguez was exonerated. But the protest march turned into a riot in which widespread damage occurred, thirty-eight arrests were made, and five policemen were injured. Cain's brief sentence, only five years, also later became an issue, though a review of the case failed.

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