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Central Park Five

Trump Is No Stranger To Law And Order Baiting

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Trump actually has his own history separate and apart from presidential racial scare politics of being a self-styled tough guy on crime. The start point was the now infamous Central Park Five case in 1989. The five were young African-American and Latino youths charged with the rape and beating of a white female jogger in New York's Central Park.

Donald Trump Only Uses The Word 'Rape' When He Has Something To Gain

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump doesn't hesitate to use the word "rape" when talking about Mexican immigrants, ...

Donald Trump Has Been Self-Funding His Bigotry Parade Since At Least 1989

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

Rapists. Thugs. Killers. Wild criminals. Muggers. Murderers. Crazed misfits. No, these aren’t words from Donald Trump’s campaign speeches about Me...

Between Wrongful Convictions and Rape Culture

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.14.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Defense lawyers in an evolving Brownsville rape case are now claiming that there's video that clears five young men of allegedly gang raping a young woman in a dark playground last week. The case has gripped the city's attention and there's a lot at stake in how it turns out.

Central Park Five: Rehire Teacher Allegedly Fired Over Central Park Five Lesson

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.11.2016 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Two of the five men who were wrongfully convicted in the 1989 rape and assault of a woman in Central Park have expressed support for a New...

The Gift of Innocence

Davian Hoffman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Crime
Davian Hoffman

I live in New York City, and I see (in)famous people everywhere, from A-List movie stars to that guy who played a corpse on a 1998 episode of Law & Order. (Why, oh why, can't I commodify this "talent"?!) Just a few days ago, in one 24-hour span, I saw Brooke Shields, Ethan Hawke, and Paul Giamatti, all while going about my daily life.

Donald Trump's Been Race-Baiting Since The '80s

Nida Khan | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Nida Khan

As more and more corporations and businesses separate themselves from Trump because of his comments regarding Mexicans and immigrants, the Central Park Five and their families are likely thinking it's about time.

Memo to Media: Ask Trump if He's a 'Serial Racist'

Jeff Cohen | Posted 07.03.2016 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

It's easy to laugh off Donald Trump's fact-free comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists. But there is a serious issue here, and mainstream media interviewers have neglected to ask Trump about it.

#BlackLivesMatter: We Still Have to Fight for the Right to Exist!

Natalie Byfield | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices
Natalie Byfield

In 2014, the Central Park Five officially stopped being infamous: New York City settled the group's wrongful conviction lawsuit for $40 million.

'Bullpen Therapy' for the Central Park Five

Ronda Lee | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

Saturday, Feb. 7, was the third time I saw Joe Assadourian's The Bullpen, which addresses Assadourian's encounter with the New York criminal justice system. On this occasion, three of the Central Park Five were in attendance. Would they find humor in Assadourian's performance after being vilified by the media and unjustly incarcerated?

The Myth Of The Central Park Five

The Daily Beast | Edward Conlon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Black Voices

The only time that I’m pretty sure that I locked up the wrong man was during a gang war in the South Bronx, a few years ago. There were five or six ...

'Central Park Five' Member: Settlement Is A 'Bittersweet Type Of Justice'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices

Yusef Salaam was 15 years old when he, alongside four others, was wrongly accused of raping and assaulting a female jogger in Central Park. Twenty-fiv...

Christopher Mathias

The Central Park Five's Long Legal Nightmare Is Over | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.05.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK -- A federal judge officially approved New York City's $41 million settlement with the Central Park Five on Friday, bringing to an end a deca...

The Central Park $40 Million

Thea Johnson | Posted 08.27.2014 | Crime
Thea Johnson

The payoff for the rest of us will come if the very expensive lessons learned from the case prevent this kind of injustice from happening again.

The Central Park Jogger Case Is Settled for $40 Million, But What About Justice for Other Black and Latino Teens?

Natalie Byfield | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Natalie Byfield

For me, in this case, the arc of the moral universe encompasses more than the men involved; and thus it is longer even than the 25 years it took for the exonerate men to get this measure of reparation or justice.

Donald Trump's Arch-Race Baiting Again With the Central Park Five

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Trump now has the template that he can trot out any time an issue comes up that even has the barest whiff of race, public talk, and lots of media notoriety to it.

NYC Mayor: Central Park Five Settlement A 'Moral Obligation'

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio upheld his decision to settle the "Central Park Five" lawsuit against the city for close to $40 million, calling it...

Justice for the Central Park Five

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.23.2014 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

As we welcome a settlement for the Central Park Five, we must address the issues that landed them in jail without sufficient evidence: police and prosecutorial misconduct, coerced confessions and media messaging that often depicts minorities as thugs or troublemakers.

Men Wrongly Convicted In Central Park Jogger Case Reportedly Reach Settlement

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices

The five men wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a female jogger in Central Park more than 25 years ago have reportedly agreed to a settlement...

REPORT: 5 Men Wrongly Convicted In Central Park Rape Case Agree To $40 Million Settlement | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices

The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlemen...

Twenty-five Years Later, Central Park Five Reflect on Justice

Raymond Santana | Posted 07.29.2014 | New York
Raymond Santana

To know that there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not an oncoming train -- it becomes a refilling of hope, a refilling of belief in our justice system.

Embracing Technology Can Reduce False Convictions

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

New York State should require recording of interrogations for two very simple reasons. First, it makes policing more accurate. Second, it is necessary because research indicates that false confessions are quite common.

Taping Police Interrogations Could Have Prevented This Horrific Miscarriage of Justice

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime
Jeff Kukucka

We found that interrogators who were told that their sessions would be taped were less likely to use certain high-pressure interrogation techniques such as threatening the suspect and promising leniency in exchange for a confession.

25 Years After the Central Park-Rape Case, Looking at Race in Media

Natalie Byfield | Posted 07.27.2014 | New York
Natalie Byfield

That a mostly white media used language like "savage," "wolfpack," "animal" and even "feral" to describe the group of African American and Latino teens accused of rape points to the racial context in which the media placed Meili's assault.

David & Me Chronicles Rubin Carter's Fight to Free David McCallum as He Fights for His Own Life

Steve Drizin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Young suspects like McCallum and Stuckey are like putty in the police's hands; they fold much more quickly under pressure.