The Central Park Five

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In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned.

 

Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five will tell the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

 

tags: documentary ken burns sarah burns david mcmahon angela black calvin o. butts iii natalie byfield david dinkins
credits: © 2012 Florentine Films / http://www.florentinefilms.com/
posted on 12/19/2012


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