In New Bedford, Massachusetts during July of 1970 riots erupted in the streets. The
cause for the riots was over police brutality, unlawful arrests and most importantly the death of a black teen caused by three
whites who fired at an unsuspecting crowd. City police broke up a black organizing headquarters meeting and made
twenty arrests under the charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
Interesting Fact: Three out of the twenty men arrested
were actually members of the Boston Branch of the Black Panthers.