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Central Park Five

Trump Race Baits With The Central Park Five Case--Yet Again

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.08.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The case more than any other single thing moved Trump from being just another plodding, conniving, business magnate to a coming figure on the political scene. Race baiting the Central Park Five made Trump a political player.

How Should The Media Refer To Donald Trump When He Defames The Central Park Five?

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics

For reasons that defy rational understanding, Republican presidential nominee and razor-burnt sasquatch Donald Trump is in the news Friday, talking ab...

Ken Burns Blasts Trump For Insisting The Central Park 5 Are Guilty

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.09.2016 | Politics

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns mocked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday for continuing to insist, in the face of the evidence, t...

Donald Trump Still Thinks The Central Park Five Are Guilty (They Aren't)

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump still believes the “Central Park Five,” a group of black and Hispanic men who were convicted but late...

Phrases That Won't Heal Racial Divides: 'Law And Order' And 'Stop-And-Frisk'

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Stop-and-frisk, as it was practiced in New York City, was ineffective in reducing violent crime. But it had an overwhelmingly disproportionate impact on young black and Latino men.

Donald Trump's Hall Of Insults

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is difficult for voters to keep track of the many legal and personal scandals surrounding Donald Trump, but it is easier to remember the many people whom he has insulted. Both pose liabilities for Trump's campaign for president, but perhaps ironically, it is the insults that are likely to do more damage than the scandals.

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 01.14.2017 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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...