1980 Miami riots

Deceased Person

1946 – 1979


Who was 1980 Miami riots?

The 1980 Miami riots were race riots that occurred in Miami, Florida in May 1980 following the acquittal of four Miami-Dade Police officers in the death of Arthur McDuffie. McDuffie, an African-American, died from injuries sustained at the hands of four white officers trying to arrest him after a high-speed chase. The officers were tried and acquitted for manslaughter and evidence tampering, among other charges. Subsequently, one of the worst race riots in United States history broke out in the black neighborhoods of Overtown and Liberty City in Miami. In 1981 Dade County paid McDuffie's family a settlement of $1.1 million after it filed a civil lawsuit against the officials.


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