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The Press and the Riot

Latin America Group Probes Street Fights
Fact-Finding Committee to Delve Into Causes of Brawls Between Servicemen, Gangs

Los Angeles Examiner
June 8, 1943

Alarmed at the recent outbreak of street fights between so-called zoot suit gangs and men of the armed forces, the Citizens' Committee for Latin American Youth yesterday launched an extensive investigation of the situation and will report its findings to the press and public.

...The committee appointed several months ago by the supervisors to investigate relations among Latin Americans in Los Angeles County was told by various spokesmen for the Mexican community that only a small percentage of zoot suiters are trouble makers and that it is regrettable they should bring the entire Mexican population into ill repute...



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