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“City of Angels” is set in 1938 Los Angeles, and follows Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto), the first Mexican American detective in the city’s police force.

The Zoot Suit Riots were triggered after white soldiers and sailors beat up Mexican Americans wearing zoot suits.

This site is protected by recaptchaSwing music and jitterbug fans made the zoot suit popular in the 1930s.

Justin Lubin / SHOWTIMEGómez says the media and the authorities in 1943 Los Angeles reduced zoot-suiters into a faceless, monolithic mob, excluding them from society by ignoring their diversity.

She compares profiling then with more recent policies today, saying “you can draw a straight line” from 1943 Los Angeles to New York’s stop-and-frisk policies.

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