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Dayton Saw Unrest Similar to Ferguson in Late 1960s

DAYTON -- The unrest in Missouri is eerily similar to riots that happened in our area in the late 1960s.
   
"What little trust is there, has been completely fractured, probably," said Dan Baker, a retired Dayton Police lieutenant who has been watching the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, closely.

He was a rookie in 1966 when a race riot started in Dayton, forcing city leaders to call in the national guard.

Baker says 50 years later, the similar unrest in Ferguson is happening because the same underlying problems exist.

"They don't have the resources that a major department has but that really doesn't excuse any police department for not maintaining good relations with the community. If you don't have those safety valves in place when something really bad happens then it seems it can only go one way, which is pretty bad as it's going there right now," Baker explained.

He saw four riots as a Dayton officer in the late 1960s and wrote a book about them titled, "Blood in the Streets - Riots, Racism and Murders in the Heartland of America."

"Dayton's done a pretty good job since the older days of what went on and they have a citizens review of complaints and things like that - and they have a pretty strong internal affairs," Baker said.

And while difficult, Baker says people in Ferguson need to pause in this tragic case, in which Michael Brown -- who was reportedly unarmed and by some accounts trying to surrender -- was shot and killed by a police officer.

"No one's had patience or time to really try to find out what's really happening. Even today, eight days later, we find that people are still speculating, and unfortunately, when there's a vacuum like that people let their biases interpret what the facts might be," Baker said.

 
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