Puerto Ricans Riots: Coney Island in 1968

Coney Island experienced a protracted conflict during July 1968.  Starting on the 19th (?) and for various days, the predominantly Black and Puerto Rican blocks broke out into fighting with police and attacks on property. On the 22nd, police were beaten by a crowd in a resurgence of confrontations, but the deployment of the TPF dispersed the youth. Mayor Lindsay acknowledged that the situation in Coney Island showed no improvement after four days of conflict, but he described it as a conflict in which blacks and Puerto Ricans were fighting whites (with the cops in between).  He toured the area on the 23rd, hosting meetings with local people. 

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Violence continued through the 21st, when police were attacked and beaten by a crowd of several dozen people, throwing bottles and molotovs. The TPF was sent to clear the streets.  Friday youths wrecked a local luncheonette owned by a local Puerto Rican woman and used by police as a base. Meetings of city officials and members of the community ended with promises that the TPF would not harass people working with the anti-poverty programs or attack the “community action centers or the people inside them.”[7]


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[7] The New York Times, 22 July 1968.