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The summer of 1967 was a pivotal moment in modern American history when the country was beset by growing political and social unrest. Discontent and rage simmered in the African-American communities of the nation’s major cities as a result of systemic discrimination, disparities in housing and education and growing unemployment. Two nights after the Detroit rebellion began, a report of gunshots in the vicinity of a National Guard staging area prompted Detroit police, Michigan State police, the state National Guard and a local private security guard to search and seize an annex of the Algiers Motel. Flouting procedural rules, several policemen forcefully and viciously interrogated motel guests, conducting a "death game" in an attempt to intimidate someone, anyone, into confessing. By the end of the night, three unarmed young men had been gunned down point blank, and several other men and women were brutally beaten.