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The Central Park Five

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.

12 Mind-Blowing Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 04.30.2014 | Entertainment

As you search for a movie to watch this weekend, consider abandoning the fictional for some real-life drama. Here are 12 completely fantastic document...

All Eyes Will Be on New York in 2014 When It Comes to Police Interrogations and False Confessions

Steve Drizin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

The New York Court of Appeals is a bellwether court, meaning that High Court's decisions in Aveni and Thomas are bound to have influence well beyond New York's borders. I'm hoping that the Court not only provides justice for Messrs. Aveni and Thomas, but crafts its decision in a way that helps to prevent future coerced and false confessions.

New Hope For The Central Park Five

Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices

They spent more than 13 years in jail for a crime they didn’t commit. Since then, the Central Park Five, as the five men are known, have spent anoth...

In the Media, Bias Persists

Karen Angel | Posted 09.18.2013 | Media
Karen Angel

Most people would be hard-pressed to rattle off a list of black victims, except for the great black martyrs like Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Emmett Till -- and the latest addition to that short list, Trayvon Martin.

An Interview With Ken Burns and Three of The Central Park Five; Documentary Airs on PBS

Brian Formo | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

The film concerns five black teenagers who, not knowing their rights during detainment, were coerced into confessing to a brutal rape that left a woman in a coma in Central Park.

NYC Urged To Settle Central Park Jogger Case

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 06.07.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — New York is a safer, less fearful place than it was in 1990, when murders hit an all-time high, race relations were raw and the city ...

NYC's Ongoing Denial of the 'Central Park Five' Is a Disservice to Black, Latino Men

Deron Dalton | Posted 05.18.2013 | Black Voices
Deron Dalton

As New York City continues to deny the Central Park Five compensation for six to 13 years each served in prison, denial of any wrongdoing and the racist injustice of the criminal justice system within this case is actually a continued disservice to all black and Latino men.

Best Films of 2012: Black Actors, Directors and Others Shine

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.18.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

A stellar year for filmmaking is behind us, and the best movies are worth seeing whether you screen them in a theater, on DVD or on VOD. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the exceptional work of black actors, directors and other talented artists.

The Central Park Five: A Still Relevant Call for Change

Nick Malinowski | Posted 02.11.2013 | New York
Nick Malinowski

In many ways The Central Park Five is a history lesson and cautionary tale of the types of police and prosecutorial misconduct that is possible without effective oversight or appropriate checks and balances to power.

Must-Do This Weekend: Go and See The Central Park Five

Lisa Bernier | Posted 01.24.2013 | New York
Lisa Bernier

No New Yorker should ever forget the 1989 Central Park jogger case, not for the media attention it received, but for the gross miscarriage of justice it represents.

Documentaries on the Case: The Central Park Five and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.23.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

On April 19, 1989, you could not miss the headlines -- and the horror of the Central Park jogger case. The Central Park Five, a deft examination of the most publicized rape case in NY history, questions the handling of this case.

AFI Review: Ken Burns' The Central Park Five

Brian Formo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

The Central Park Five is stirring, heartbreaking and galvanizing but, thankfully, not polemic. If Burns has an agenda it is only to humanize the young men who were demonized in the press and lost their youth for a crime they didn't commit.

NYC Seeks Footage From Ken Burns Doc On Central Park Rape

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Lawyers for the city are seeking access to footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his movie about the fi...