Interview with Louis McDuffie

After the acquittal there was a spontaneous reaction to the decision of injustice. How did you feel about that?


Well, as we were coming back from Tampa that, ah, after the trial we, had my aunt with me, and we were taking her home and, ah, we didn't even realize what was happening. Didn't even know what was going on. And, ah, we got off 95 onto 62nd Street and, ah, saw these fires and people running with furniture and all that kind of stuff and, ah, didn't realize what was going on. And, ah, I had the radio on in the car and they were telling us all the troubled areas and everything and, ah, not, you know, not really paying any attention to the radio. I went and drove right down in there and got my car stoned and I looked at my wife I says, "What happening?" She says, "Get out of here, it's a riot!" So, we made a turn and we came back up, you know, out of that area. And I, I felt bad about all the burning and the fires and all that kind of stuff and all the looting and stuff but the, the, the way the trial came out or the outcome of the trial, ah, I, I'm still bitter about that. And, ah, course I guess that's the way the system works. I guess they saw that these, you know, people should be acquitted. But, ah, I, you know, I'm still bitter about it.