Central Park Five

1909 Words Apr 20th, 2014 8 Pages
Shirene Tabarestani
1895-0581
The Central Park Five Documentary
In one of the most well known cities of the United States, New York City was the central focus in the 1980’s. Five minority youths aged 14 to 16 were arrested and convicted of rape, sexual assault, and almost murdering 28-year old white female investment banker, Trisha Meili, as she was jogging through Central Park on the night of April 19th, 1989. These innocent Latino and African American five young men— Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam—were exonerated in 2002 after serving 6-13 years in prison until the condemned murderer, Matias Reyes confessed to the rape of Trisha Meili, where his DNA was discovered to match the evidence
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It was a time in the city’s history to get the perpetrators of the crime committed and to be recognized as solving the greatest crime of time. Media and public presence played a huge role in pressuring law enforcement to figure out this awful incident. The demand from the public was pushing from all sides of this story to get answers.
One thing that struck me while watching this documentar,y was the way that the New York media sought out the information and relayed it back to the public. They created a humungous turmoil against the five teenage boys, who they claimed were out “wilding” running in a “wolf pack” after their “predators”. Mayor Koch stated, “this will be a test of the system”, regarding for the death penalty. The public wanted to see how the system would handle such barbaric acts and whether or not they will give them the death penalty for such “crimes”. Even multi-millionaire Donald Trump wrote a full-page ad in the frontlines, with the headline, “Bring Back the Death Penalty, Bring Back Our Police.” This sparked my attention as to what pandemonium was going on in the city during that time. The amount of discrimination and social tension between classes frustrated me, as I thought, well did the system go under a Due Process
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