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Postscript to Central Park 5 Case

Members of the Central Park 5 outside theater just before premiere of documentary about their case. Photo by Michael Nagel for the NY Times.
Members of the Central Park 5 outside theater just before premiere of documentary about their case. Photo by Michael Nagel for the NY Times.

The Central Park 5 and the City of New York have reached a $40 million settlement in the 1989  high profile case of wrongful conviction and incarceration.  The deal fulfilled a campaign promise by Mayor Bill de Blasio to get justice for the men and their families.

Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Yusuf Salaam and Raymond Santana were just teens when they were rounded up by NYC police and forced to confess to “wilding” that led to a vicious rape and assault of a white female jogger.

While Donald Trump called the deal “a disgrace” and asserted the settlement doesn’t mean innocence, many others felt the settlement brought some closure to the open wounds of injustice. Apparently The Donald missed the news that DNA testing exonerated the young people as well as the real rapist confessed to the crime.

The prosecution of this case was disgusting and racist. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Read my review on the documentary that came out last year. Click here.

 

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