Central Park Five Settles Decade Long Civil Suit

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The Central Park Five, found guilty in a sham trial for the vicious sexual assault and attempted murder of a white investment banker jogging in Central Park in spring 1989, have settled a decade long civil suit, for $40 million, with New York City.

 

The five, four African-Americans and one Latino, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam, were coerced into confessions after being held against their will and separated from their parents for 36 hours, for a crime that divided the city and ignited racial tensions,

Slammed by some; lauded by others the settlement is as divided as the initial arrest.

The fact remains these men were arrested for crimes they did not commit, in order to reinforce racial stereotyping, the five were blasted in the media, by fictitious accounting, created by the detectives and Manhattan D.A. prosecutors, of places and times throughout the night of the attack that they could not have been.

The settlement can never return the years which were taken from them and fulfills a campaign promise of then candidate Bill De Blasio who pledged if he were elected he would put this blight behind the city.

From the Central Park Five Documentary review . . .

After aggressive interrogation by the NYPD, that lasted thirty-six hours, the five teenagers, clearly not naive and still not aware of the cruelty of the system, had made confessions. The woman, still unknown, was not expected to live. The brutality so causally described without remorse or concern by the teens made it impossible for a blood thirsty media and a deeply concerned public not to feel satisfied with the swiftness of the arrests.

Having seen the confessions the first time around, it is important to stress they did not appear coerced, in fact the confessions looked genuine, an actual recounting of the outings of a group of "wilding" thugs.

What follows is truly hard to describe as these teenagers, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam, tried to explain they were forced, coerced, lied to by the NYPD, told they could leave, free, could go home with no worries, if they just "helped out" and made the confessions.  

And if one hell wasn't bad enough, the judicial process began with full guilt already rendered, pre-trial, the public calmed, the media prepared and readied for a sensational season of sales and the five . . . . well they might as well have been declared dead to all, they received their due penalty. Case closed.

The five were the focus of a documentary in 2012 that this magazine covered.

Click here to read the entire review of The Central Park Five.

 

Haute Tease

  • Sinéad O'Connor Drops New Track, The Foggy Dew, Honoring Slain Irish Historian

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Sinead O'Connor is an international recording artist who needs no introduction. She has recorded 'The Foggy Dew' in honour of the funeral re-enactment of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in Dublin, Ireland on August 1st 2015. The track will be available as a free download fromAugust 5th 2015.

     
  • John Bailey Elected Academy President

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    John Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 8) by the organization's Board of Governors marking Bailey first term as president and his fourteenth year as a governor.   

  • American Film Institute Appoints Michael Lumpkin Director of AFI Docs

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA,DECEMBER 11, 2014– The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the appointment of producer and the Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) Michael Lumpkin as Director of AFI DOCS, the Institute's annual documentary festival in Washington, DC. Also announced today is the return of AT&T as the festival's presenting sponsor.

     
  • Ten Contenders Remain In 2017 VFX Oscar® Race

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards® the final five will be chosen for final OSCAR consideration.  

  • Best at CES 2012

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    CES, the largest consumer electronic tradeshow in the country, spent the past week previewing the newest technologies the tech world has to offer.

     
  • Romney Picks Ryan as VP Choice; Presents Economic Agenda - The Road to the White House - Election 2012 - Week 32

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in his bid for President of the United States, has chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

     
  • Kino Lorber Acquires North American Rights to GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI, a Documentary by Sophie Fiennes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI following last year's Toronto International Film Festival premiere, a theatrical release in early April, with a VOD and home media release set for fall 2018.