Watching ‘Detroit’ movie? Read about Algiers Motel case first. (slideshow)

The ‘Detroit’ movie about police killings during the 1967 civil unrest was re-released last week in time for Hollywood awards season. The movie is based on the deaths of three teens at the Algiers Motel. (Courtesy photo)

On the third day of the violence, July 25, 1967, police stormed the Algiers Motel on Woodward just north of New Center. Police claim they heard sniper fire. The motel had a bad reputation. (Photo courtesy FBI)

By morning, coroners were removing bodies from the hotel. Police initially claimed three teens, Carl Cooper, 17, Aubrey Pollard, 19, and Fred Temple, 18, died during sniper fire. (Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University)

When emerging evidence contradicted police’s initial statements about the Algiers deaths, police claimed Pollard and Temple were shot when they tried to grab the officers’ guns. Who killed Cooper has never been explained. (Courtesy photo)

One of the victims, Aubrey Pollard, had been warned by his mother to stay away from the Algiers Motel during the riots. Before his death, he’d been roughed up by police when playing dice at the motel, his family says. (Family photo)

Three police officers and a security guard were eventually charged in the deaths. Their principal attorney was Norman Lippitt (right), a handsome, well-dressed attorney who acknowledges playing on jurors’ racial fears in the case. (Courtesy photo)

An all-white jury acquitted, from left, Officer Ronald August, security guard Melvin Dismukes and officers Robert Paille and David Senak. (Photo courtesy Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University)

“Detroit” the movie is back, just in time for Hollywood awards seasons.

The film by acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow is being released on DVD next week, and was re-released in some theaters (including AMC ones in southeast Michigan) late last month in hopes of making it an Oscar contender.

The film chronicles one of Detroit’s darkest episodes –  the killings of three black youths by police at the infamous Algiers Motel during the 1967 civil unrest. Bigelow’s account is controversial, in part because it’s unflinchingly violent, but also because some critics contend she took liberties with facts.

Bridge Magazine wrote extensively about the case this summer, profiling relatives of the slain teens who were denied justice and the flamboyant, unapologetic attorney won acquittals for police officers charged in the crimes.

Catch up on the facts before seeing the movie.

Detroit Police killed their sons at the Algiers Motel. No one ever said sorry.

He became famous defending ‘Algiers Motel’ cops. Deal with it.

Read what community leaders in Detroit felt about the film.

‘Detroit’ movie is an orgy of violence that doesn’t show my city

Learn about the extraordinary odyssey of the family of the man who threw a bottle that started the 1967 riots.

He started the Detroit riot. His son wrestles with the carnage.

And read the award-winning coverage of Bridge Magazine and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative about how Detroit has changed –  and hasn’t –  since those awful summer nights 50 years ago.

Order ‘The Intersection’ book containing all riot coverage

A quick guide to the 1967 Detroit Riot

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