40 Years Ago This Week

While boats were racing from Key West to Mariel harbor to pick up Cubans who wanted to leave the island, a former county police officer, Mark Meier, took the witness stand in Tampa to say that motorcyclist Arthur McDuffie yelled, “I give up!” before a bunch of cops started pummeling him with nightsticks and Kel-Lites. Just judging from the headline, Miamians thought they had a clear idea of what had happened. They didn’t.

The Miami Herald, front of the local section, April 26, 1980.