Interview with Georgia Ayers

Tell me about the prosecution of the McDuffie murderers. Did the State's Attorneys office here bungle that case?


Not in my opinion they didn't, ah, as a matter of fact I just spoke with the prosecutor, George Yoss, when yesterday we were in court together and, ah, George presented the facts as they were given to him from the A form. You have to remember that the first introduction of anything into the criminal justice, criminal justice system comes from the A form, that is the arrest form. And if you recall, you're not from Miami, but if you recall that, ah, it was White police officers themselves, some of the hierarchy that brought to the fact that something was wrong with the A form, the medical examiners office and the lieutenants and captains got together and they said that McDuffie's death is something wrong with it. And it was the police department themselves that brought out the fact that he was murdered. It wasn't an automobile accident or motorcycle accident, as the police officer tried to make it. The State Attorney's office gets its reports from that A form. From that point on they go back and investigate what actually happened. It wasn't the State Attorney's fault. It was the White racism in Tampa, Florida that exonerated the McDuffie killers. I feel that way about it as a person that works with the courts every day. Now, some Blacks may not feel that way. They think maybe the State Attorney's office, but the State presented what they, got from the A form and after they went back and investigated that case. I do know that Janet Reno is one of the most honorable State Attorneys that will ever be anywhere in the world, she is that kind of person. And I do know that she goes to the fullest extent to prosecute any case that comes before her. But you have to remember, Janet Reno, if it were left up to her, the case would not have gone to Tampa, it would have been tried here. But you have to remember also that it is up to the, ah, attorney that's, for the defense to move the change of venue as he sees would be best for his client. So you have two factions there, the defense side and the State side. The third faction and the final faction that comes in, the judge didn't hear the case. He heard it but it wasn't his, up to him, to say guilty or not guilty, it was White racism that prevails throughout the nation, when a White police officer kills a Black they put it to the point where it was justifiable homicide.