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Miami: Community Protests After Officers Acquitted in Beating Death | EJI, A History of Racial Justice

Miami: Community Protests After Officers Acquitted in Beating Death | EJI, A History of Racial Justice

Arthur McDuffie, African American History, Black History, History of Racial Violence, American Racism, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, KINDR'D Magazine, KINDR'D, Willoughby Avenue, Wriit,

On May 18, 1980, an all-white jury found four Miami Dade Police Officers not guilty in the beating death of Arthur McDuffie, a black man killed during a traffic stop. In response to the verdict, unrest broke out across Miami.

On December 17, 1979, Mr. McDuffie — a 33-year-old African American insurance sales representative — was riding a motorcycle in Miami, Florida, when Metro-Dade Police Department (MDPD) officers signaled for him to pull over. Mr. McDuffie did not immediately comply and eventually led the police on an eight-mile chase through the city. When Mr. McDuffie was apprehended, MDPD officers beat him into a coma, though there was no evidence he physically resisted arrest. Officers later ran over Mr. McDuffie’s motorcycle to make it appear that his injuries had been caused by a traffic accident.

By EJI Staff, EJI
Featured Image, “Duffy” at Coastal States Life Insurance Co.
FEB 1979. Creative Commons
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