Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, June 3, 1943, Between young Mexican men known as pachucos, and American servicemen. On June 7 military authorities stepped in to handle the situtation. Navy and Army commanders ordered that the City of Los Angeles be declared off-limits to military personal. The official Navy position was that their sailors were acting in "self-defense against the rowdy element."
Zoot suit wearing pachucos detained by the police, ca. 1942. The Los Angeles press portrayed the Mexican American youths as criminals and juvenile delinquents, fanning the flames that led to the so-called Zoot Suit Riots in 1943.