The Watts riots which took place in Los Angeles in 1992 were triggered by the beating of a young black man who had been pulled over for drunk driving. The event occurred amidst building tension and animosity between the black community and the police. 6 days of rioting in the Watts neighborhood followed, resulting in 34 deaths, more than 1000 injuries, and nearly 4000 arrests. Martin Luther King told reporters the riots were "the beginning of a stirring of those people in our society who have been passed by the progress of the past decade." Residents involved in the riots claimed "the only way we can ever get anybody to listen to us is to start a riot."