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Hakim Al-Jamil

Hakim Al-Jamil
Who Killed McDuffie? A Definitive Question

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.
Hakim Al-Jamil, then a prisoner at Leavenworth Federal Prison, wrote this poem about this incident.


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