20 Years After the Mt. Pleasant Riots

Twenty years ago this week, the streets of Mount Pleasant, the most diverse neighborhood in Washington DC, were filled with rioters and tear gas. The city hadn’t seen a disturbance like this since the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and there hasn’t been anything like it since.

On May 5, 1991, young men, mainly Latino, took to the streets to protest what was rumored to have been a case of police brutality. A rookie African-American female police officer had shot a 30-year-old Latino man.

Reporter Emily Friedman, takes us back to the three-day turmoil, and explains how the riots took the Latino community in D.C. to the path of recognition.

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Some Devastating Marks Bin Laden Left Behind


The news of Osama bin Laden’s death swept the nation and caused a wide array of reaction from Americans – from celebrations in the streets, to a quiet reflection about the pain felt on 9/11. It also reminded us of the unity we once felt as Americans, having shared in a national tragedy. But not all who suffered and lost loved ones that day were “Americans.” Lourdes lost a husband, a father to her children, and the family a little bit of themselves. In the past decade, they often felt unwanted in this country.

Maria Hinojosa sits down to talk about life after Sept. 11, 2001 – how they’ve changed and what they feel today as the person responsible for that change has been killed.

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