Patricia J. Williams wrote a very nice article about this story. It tells of how we as a nation reacted to a crime back in 1989 that was made into a PBS special on April 16. It was called The Central Park Five, which is a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. This documentary, was recently shown on PBS and I watched it last night. After watching this, I thought about my own 14 year old son Jonathan and the movie 12 years a Slave and the contrast of today versus then… This film should be the Oscar winner. It was real, it happened and the truth is still being told now. Five young Black and Hispanic males were put on trial after being accused of raping and beating a then unknown white female as she was jogging in Central Park. Why was it OK for the City to leave their story and the law suit against the City unresolved? Justice Denied!
These young men; Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Korey Wise and Kevin Richardson had a day in court once the actual person was discovered and confessed as well. Not only was his DNA was present on the scene of the crime and in the victim’s body, convicted murderer Matias Reyes actually gave details no one knew and he also confessed, as they matched the evidence from the rape and other unsolved cases in Central Park.
In 1989 The New York Daily News reported this as a vicious crime...
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