BENTON HARBOUR - A state of emergency was declared in Michigan yesterday after two nights of racial riots in which several buildings and cars were set on fire.
A hospital spokesman said 10 people were injured in Tuesday night's violence - a reaction to a high-speed police chase on Monday in which a motorcyclist crashed and died, CNN reported.
Early yesterday, police told reporters the protests were getting worse and the authorities were planning to impose a town curfew.
Michigan's governor declared a state of emergency, which allows for the activation of Michigan National Guard troops if needed.
The rioters shot one person in the shoulder and beat and stabbed others, and set at least five buildings and five cars on fire, police said.
About 150 state troopers and 100 other police officers used tear gas and other non-lethal methods to quell the violence.
'We're basically predominantly a black community,' police chief Samuel Harris said on ABC television.
'Many of our police officers are white but I seldom have complaints of a racial nature.'
Resident Dorothy King said: 'It looks like a war zone. It's terrible.'
The motorcyclist, Terrance Shurn, 28, who died was black and the officers who chased him were white. -- AP
Am I the only one who finds this inexpliciable?
"That guy killed himself! Let's have a riot!"