Netflix’s “When They See Us “retelling of the Central Park 5 where five innocent 14 and 15 year old youth, 4 Blacks and one Latino are coerced into false confessions incriminating others and wrongfully being incarcerated (sentenced 5 to 15 years) for an attack and rape of a white female jogger in Central Park. The NY Times referred to the attack as “one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s”.
“When They See Us” is so powerful that one has a difficult time watching each of the 4 parts of this horrendous injustice as eventually the true perpetrator confessed and the five were exonerated with a 41 million dollar settlement. But watch it we must as this is not an isolated case but one of many examples of racist inhumane actions by our justice system.
The story’s retelling’s importance is paramount as after its release it has led to repercussions most importantly that the led prosecutor Linda Fairstein now was pressured to resign from Vassar College’s board, removed from a non-profit organization for which she worked for the past 20 years and was dropped by her publisher.
I’ve included a couple other links below that also shed some light on the story . Even one from the man in the oval office who took out a full page ad condemning these boys even after they were exonerated and has never apologized.