In 1979, Arthur McDuffie, a Black man, was riding his motorcycle in Miami when police chased him, knocked him off his bike, and beat him to death, crushing his head with billyclubs and flashlights. During the trial that followed, all the police were found not guilty.
The Black community launched a massive rebellion that rocked Miami
and sent shock waves throughout the country. OldSoul, then a prisoner at Leavenworth Federal Prison, wrote this poem about the incident.