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THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Harney Joe HArney

    This should be a MUST see for the New York City Police Department. Especially the cops for there Lazy investigation in 1989. So much for Protect and Serve.

    Thing is, they Protect themselves first and Serve the Black and poor whites at the end of a gun including planting false evidence and lazy investigations.

    Oh one more thing – I for one didn’t believe these boys did this back in 1989. The Black Community where i lived in also didn’t believe it either – back then like today , we have COP issues, please correct your documentary on that one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BoricuaSirviente Martin Betances

    Admittedly and regretfully, back in April 1989 I did believe these five then young men were culpable of the horrendous beating and rape of a Central Park jogger. Years later, I thought it was only natural to hear pleads of innocence from them, but I thought they brought this upon themselves. Now, I admit I was taken by the hysteria, the call for justice (i.e. retribution). Now, as a life long resident of New York, I must apologize. Even if I was led astray by the police, the media, I am so sorry that these men had their lives turned up-side-down. But I am most angry that New York City is one of the last hold outs in standing by what has been a false conviction. I could understand the investigators and the prosecutors holding out — they have a reputation to uphold, but New York City is suppose to be a beacon of hope, justice — true justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/onaje.asheber Onaje Asheber

    A great film! A must see by any one that care about justice and how easy Black Males can made scapegoats.

  • Dzaire

    Do you want to hear what made this injustice even worse (if that’s at all possible)? Do you want to know what else this case has in common with “The Scottsboro Boys”? When these young men were sent to prison, in addition to the physical and psychological abuse and harassment they received from racist white prison guards, they were subjected to even worse scorn, abuse and harassment in their persons and possessions from OTHER PRISONERS– many of whom will now (hypocritically) pretend that they “always knew” these guys were railroaded. We need to stop accepting “The Gospel According to the News Media” as if it was the Gospel According to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John! Think for yourself!

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About Ken Burns
For over 25 years, filmmaker Ken Burns has been producing films that are unafraid of controversy and tragedy. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.Visit the Ken Burns Website
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