Friday April 19th 2013 marked the 24th anniversary of the Central Park 5 case. Although the case was given massive media attention back in 1989, there were few if any news stories dedicated to it on the 19th. While it was a busy news week with the tragedies in Boston and the search for the perpetrators, it seems like the same media that fueled the injustice of the CP5 case, could have at least acknowledge it with perhaps even the shortest sentence.
For those unfamiliar with the case, it involved five teenage black and latino boys being accused of the brutal attack and rape of a young white woman in Central Park. The boys were assumed guilty from the very beginning and due to unethical interrogation by the NYD and their vilification by the media, they were wrongfully convicted. Years later the true culprit confessed to the crime, however, the boys had already served about five years each, with one serving as much as 15 years.
With the truth finally revealed, one would assume that there would have been an apology or simply an acknowledgement of the wrong that was committed. However, the reaction was completely opposite. The NYPD conducted an internal review and deemed that they’d done nothing wrong, the lead prosecutor released a statement claiming that the boys most have worked with the true culprit, and for the last ten years, the city of NY has refused to settle the CP5’s wrongfully imprisonment lawsuit.
Let’s get it straight, nothing can ever erase what happened. No amount of money will ever give those boys, now grown men, their childhoods back and nothing can take away those years of imprisonment for a crime they did not commit. But, for those parties involved to behave in this way, showing no remorse or even the slightest sign that acknowledges their mistake, they have revealed who the true monsters were all along.
Below is a documentary about the case.
For more information visit:http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/
To sign the petition visit:http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-michael-r-bloomberg-the-central-park-5-seeks-economic-justice#