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Written By Demetria Irwin, Contributor

There are three sure things about the Detroit film: it’s a horror movie, Algee Smith is a star, and who tells a story is often just as important as the story itself.

The name might make moviegoers think the film is an in-depth look at the metropolis that was once the hub of the auto industry and the birthplace of an amazing global musical force known as Motown, but Detroit is actually about one gruesome night in the Algiers Motel during the 1967 rebellion.

It was a night in which seven young Black men and two young White women were brutalized for hours at the hands of Detroit police officers, Michigan State police and National Guardsmen. They were allegedly there to investigate a sniper shooting, but no gun was ever found on the scene. Survivors of the incident say they were accused of everything from shooting, to pimping to “nigger loving.” By the wee hours of the morning, three Black teenagers (Carl Cooper, Aubrey Pollard, and Fred Temple) had been shot and killed by the tortuous law enforcement officials.

The officers accused of the murders were all acquitted at trial. Sound familiar?

MORE HERE: ‘Detroit’ Is A Horror Movie — News One

 

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