Interview with Georgia Ayers

Tell me something about the media coverage of the trial of McDuffie. What was your response or reaction to that?


My response was anger. So was every, every other American should have been angry to stand and see White police officers describing in detail the brutal way that they beat McDuffie until they just beat him to unconsciousness and then to turn around and lie about it. Then, on the trial, on the, on the, on the media which was, in a way was good because we knew what happened. But in a way was bad because Blacks registered in their minds what the cops had done to McDuffie and then for the racist people in Tampa to exonerate that man leaves one to just dislike the criminal justice system in its entirety and to dislike Whites. How can a White person in their own mind, just exonerate police officers who stood up and said, "Yes we beat him this. Yes, my partner did this." And then lie about it. People have not forgotten that the McDuffie incident will be in the hearts and minds of people throughout the world because the coverage of McDuffie's riot went everywhere. They haven't forgotten it. They haven't forgotten it now. And if anything else were to come up, they still, you will never forget that. Incidentally the officer, and I take pride in doing this, Charles Veverka that brought it on, he was the officer that pulled McDuffie off of the, ah, motorbike. He will never, ever work for a police department in Dade County. I saw fit, I saw to that. He will never. As a matter of fact, I'm hap--that's one time I'm pleased with the media because it's recorded in our local papers here that I said that I was, ah, vindictive and that's the one time that I'm glad I was vindictive. I got back at him. And I'm happy of it.