Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Central Park Five

Greetings, Class Community. 

Although we will not have time to discuss the Central Park jogger case before the semester ends, you may view the documentary here using your UKy Films on Demand account with UK Libraries.  

"The Central Park jogger case involved the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, a female jogger in New York City's Central Park, on April 19, 1989. Five juvenile males—four black and one of Hispanic descent—were tried and convicted for the crime and served their sentences fully. The convictions were vacated in 2002 when Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murderer serving a life sentence for other crimes, confessed to committing the crime alone and DNA evidence confirmed his involvement in the rape." 

"A settlement in the case for $41 million was approved by a federal judge on September 5, 2014. Santana, Salaam, McCray, and Richardson will each receive $7.1 million for their years in prison, while Wise will receive $12.2 million. The city did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.[29]- Wikipedia: Central Park jogger case 


The Central Park Five won a settlement from NYC and is now suing the New York State.

1 comment:

  1. After watching the film, I was disbelief that even after the Civil Rights Movement, minorities were still not treated less than human. Although there was not enough evidence to convict these men, they were still convicted. It amazes me that nothing has changed from then until now. This shows me that history really is repeating itself, and the fighting that Civil Rights Activist did was almost for nothing.