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Thousands protest Black Panther Raid, City Hall
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Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Curtis, Rolland J
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Rolland Joseph 'Speedy' Curtis was born in Louisiana in 1922. After serving three years in the Marines during World War II, he and his wife, Gloria, relocated from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 1946. Curtis served four years with the Los Angeles Police Department, but resigned from the force in order to pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from USC. He later became involved in city politics, as an associate of Sam Yorty, and later a field deputy to City Council members Billy Mills and Tom Bradley. He was briefly director of the Model Cities program in 1973. Rolland J. Curtis died in his home in 1979, the victim of a homicide. An affordable housing complex on Exposition Blvd. near Vermont Ave. was named in his honor in 1981, along with a nearby street and park.
Spring Street full of demonstrators on December 11, 1969; view is looking west towards the Hall of Records (demolished) and the Criminal Courts Building (far right, under construction). Between 3,000 and 5,000 people have come out to protest the deteriorating relations between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Black Community. Protesters claim that officers applied excessive force during their raid on the Southern California Headquarters of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, 4115 S. Central Avenue, three days before.
1 negative :safety ;13 x 18 cm.
Photographic safety negative
Rolland J Curtis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
RC 132.29
Black Panther Party
Black Panther Party.--Southern California Chapter
Los Angeles County Hall of Records (Los Angeles, Calif. : 1911-1962)
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Black power--United States
Black militant organizations--United States
African Americans--Social conditions--1964-1975
Demonstrations--California--Los Angeles
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Civic centers--California--Los Angeles
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Public buildings--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Spring Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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