Riots Erupt in Tampa, Florida, After Police Shoot Unarmed Black Teen in the Back (1967)

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Riots spread through Tampa, Florida in 1967 after police officers killed an unarmed black teen, 19-year-old Martin Chambers.


On June 11, 1967, police shot chambers in the back, killing him and setting off three days of riots. Police had been pursuing Chambers that day because he and two other young black men were suspected of robbing a local photo supply store.

While chasing Chambers, a white officer, James Calvert, opened fire on the teen, as he allegedly would not stop running. Supposedly, Calvert aimed for the young Chamber’s shoulder, but missed. Chambers died later that day at the hospital.

State Attorney Paul Antinori heard testimonies from Calvert and three young African American men who witnessed the shooting. The young men reported that Calvert shot Chambers after he had stopped running and had his hands up against a chain link fence. Calvert testified that Chambers was still running when shot, and said he feared that if he did not shoot, Chambers would escape.

Days after the death of Chambers, State Attorney Antinori ruled the shooting was justified. In justifying his decision, Antinori argued that Calvert’s shot was necessary because Chambers was a felon fleeing apprehension.

Without acknowledging that Chambers had not been convicted of a crime, Antinori explained that people who broke the law accepted the risk that law enforcement might have to use force to do their jobs. City officials and black community leaders worried the verdict would cause more rioting throughout the city, but the violence ended within a few days.



  • mackare jones September 22, 2017 - 12:30 am

    This shit has been going since slavery ended and it will never stop. I think Dallas and Baton Rouge may be the only answer. A pathologically racist system produces pathological cops. Thanks and good fortune this society (US) is falling faster than the World Trade Center buildings. If and when Trump finishes his destruction, there will be no relief for this country–it will continue to fall!!

    • creed December 23, 2019 - 4:12 pm

      So true

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    • Shafiyq Muhammad December 23, 2019 - 6:31 pm

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  • T Moore September 22, 2017 - 9:35 am

    Unfortunately, I believe you are exactly right. This has been systemic, which is why they’re so good at it.

  • Julius Edwards-El September 22, 2017 - 2:24 pm

    Actually, slavery was never abolished as it was supposed to according to law of the original 13th amendment 12th article and lynching is the work of white supremacist and if that white supremacist is wearing the uniform of henchmen pretending to be law and order is impersonation of a officer of the law. This is our tradition: eye for eye,tooth for tooth,life for life……like NWA said fu@# da police!

  • Deon September 23, 2017 - 9:28 pm

    Nothing stop til WE make it stop. I don’t intend to keep moving forward giving these people my money to do to me or my family as they please. Only idiots continue to give their oppressors their money while they continue to shit , beat and kill them.

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