Sunday, June 23, 2013

An L.A. antiwar protest whose reverberations were felt nationwide

An L.A. antiwar protest whose reverberations were felt nationwide: On June 23, 1967, the city was rocked by a violent police response to a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War. It was also a major moment in a columnist's family narrative.

"On the night of June 23, 1967, the meaning of 'police brutality' took on an electrifying reality for thousands of respectable middle-class residents of Los Angeles who participated in a peaceful anti-Vietnam demonstration that was to have taken them the few blocks from Cheviot Hills Park past the Century Plaza Hotel, where President Johnson was addressing a $1,000-a-couple Democratic fundraiser. Most never made it." – From an account of the march written a few days later by my father, Richard Abcarian, a San Fernando Valley State College professor who'd brought his family to Century City that night.