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There was violence and looting in some places, including Los Angeles, but not in LA’s Watts neighborhood, forever linked to an uprising that broke out in the segregated community 55 years ago and became known as the Watts riots.

Improvements over the years include a more diverse Los Angeles Police Department that better reflects the city’s population.

Through a program founded by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California he eventually got a job at the Los Angeles Housing Authority, where he’s now a grounds supervisor.

FILE – Demonstrators push against a police car in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, Aug. 12, 1965.

“We’re not the same California we were 55 years ago or the city of Los Angeles 55 years ago.

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