|Cartoon by Don Wright, from the Miami News, May 19, 1980|
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Thirty-one years ago this week, on Saturday, May 17, 1980, a Tampa jury reached a verdict on Case no. 369-7432-Z.
The jury ruled that four Metro cops were not guilty of the Dec. 17, 1979 beating death of motorcyclist Arthur McDuffie and the subsequent cover-up.
A few hours later, Miami erupted in flames.
On the Monday following the verdict, the Miami News reported the human toll: 15 dead, hundreds arrested, 5 cops shot.
"Dade County fire officials estimated that 100 to 150 fires were set in the first two days of rioting," Miami News reporter Milt Sosin wrote.
|Miami policeman Pablo Camacho stands guard in front of gutted store|
on NW 54th Street; neighbors claim police sprayed cars. Miami News photo
by Charles Trainor
For the Miami News chronolgy of the Arthur McDuffie case, click here.
|from the Miami News, May 19, 1980|
|from the Miami News, May 20, 1980|
|Cartoon by Don Wright, from the Miami News, May 21, 1980|