By JAMES DAO
Published: July 7, 1992
A neighborhood’s simmering anger over the fatal shooting of a Washington Heights man by a police officer boiled over last night as scores of people rampaged through a 40-square-block area.
One man died in the violence and at least 15 people were reported injured, as people overturned cars, set fires to at least a half-dozen cars and an abandoned building and threw bottles from windows.
Bands of 50 to 100 people ran through the streets overturning garbage cans, lighting fires and shouting “Killer Cop” and “Justice” in Spanish. By 1:30 this morning, the police said, 11 people had been arrested on charges ranging from arson to disorderly conduct. Although the number of people on the street was decreasing, there were still reports of violence as far south as 135th Street. A police helicopter was struck by gunfire and had to return to its base.
The man who died fell five stories after being pursued across a rooftop at 172d Street and Audubon Avenue by officers who had seen him throwing bottles, the police said. At least four police officers had been injured, none seriously. The man’s friend and his sister gave a sharply different account.
Check out Led Black’s first hand account of the 1992 Washington Heights Riots below.