Immediately following the crime a series of riots began in over 100 cities across the U.S. These riots involved burning and looting. The black community took the death as, "a rejection of their vigorous pursuit of equality through the nonviolent resistance he had championed." (history.com) It led to more radical protests and served as motivation for groups like The Black Power Movement and The Black Panther Party. Along with the impact on African Americans it also affected law. Upon King's death, President Lyndon B. Johnson rushed the passing of the Fair Housing Act. He signed it by April 11, deeming it a necessary action to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his life's work. In regards to the crime, it still remains a controversy as to what exactly happened on the night King was murdered. Before James Earl Ray's passing he claimed his innocence and even had the King family backing his innocence. Even so nothing significant enough to settle the conspiracy has been found or revealed.
"James Earl Ray" Biography.com December 1, 2016
"James Earl Ray, 70, Killer of Dr. King, Dies in Nashville" Lawrence Van Gelder April 24, 1998
"Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination" History.com 2010