Because the Netflix restricted sequence When They See Us brings the 1989 Central Park jogger case again into the nationwide dialog, President Donald Trump has doubled down on his insistence that the 5 exonerated males had been responsible.
Ava DuVernay’s four-part sequence highlights the unjust arrests and convictions of Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Korey Smart, Antron McCray, and Yusef Salaam for a rash of April 1989 crimes in Central Park, together with the rape and assault of a jogger. Whereas the precise assailant was later found by a confession and DNA proof, and their convictions had been vacated in 2002, the 2 1990 trials had been met by a media frenzy of fearmongering. One concerned celebration was now-President Trump, who took out a full-page commercial in The New York Occasions to advocate for elevated policing and name for the dying penalty to be held in opposition to the lads. On the time of their arrests, they had been between 14 and 16 years outdated.
Years after DNA proof exonerated them, @realDonaldTrump suggests the Central Park 5 are responsible & refuses to apologize for taking out a full-page advert saying they need to be executed.
“You’ve got folks on *either side* of that. They admitted their guilt.”🤬pic.twitter.com/MhCEfsWEjq
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) June 18, 2019
His remarks: “Why do you carry that query up now? It’s an attention-grabbing time to carry it up. You’ve got folks on either side of that. They admitted their guilt. If you happen to have a look at Linda Fairstein, and also you have a look at a few of the prosecutors, they assume that town ought to by no means have settled that case.”
In 2014, the 5 males convicted (who served 6-14 years in jail) settled with town of New York for $41 million. A number of of them now work with The Innocence Mission, which seeks to overturn different unjust U.S. convictions.