Many of the younger residents of Miami are losing awareness of the Liberty City & Miami Riots of the year 1980 that occurred as a result of the Arthur McDuffie verdict. The verdict involved the acquittal of four Miami-Dade Police officers in the death of Arthur McDuffie (December 3, 1946 – December 21, 1979) after being pursued on a high-speed chase.
Riots broke out all over Miami, but were more prominent in Overtown and Liberty City. The riots began May 18, 1980 and lasted about 3-4 days. More than 1,000 people were arrested (most with no previous arrest record), and 17 people died (10 black and 7 white). A year later in 1981, Dade County paid McDuffie’s family a settlement of $1.1 million after it filed a civil lawsuit against the department and the officers involved.
Watch the first part of the documentary above, and click below for parts two and three.
Part Two – Click Here
Part Three – Click Here
ALSO: In the first part of the documentary, it also briefly discusses how the construction of I-95, eventually split Overtown in half and forced many black land owners and residents out of the area via the enforcement of the government’s eminent domain power. All in the name of constructing I-95. Residents were being forced out into surrounding neighborhoods, such as Little Haiti, Coconut Grove and more.