PBS is giving us a history lesson about the infamous “Central Park Five.” For those too young to remember, the case involved a group of Black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman (also known as “the central park jogger”) in New York City back in 1989. The documentary made its debut on PBS Tuesday night, just 3 days shy of the 24th anniversary of the attack.
The film shows how this story unfolded and how the five young boys were found guilty and came to serve years in prison though there was no DNA nor eyewitness accounts connecting them to the crime.
Unfortunately, this is an all too familiar story. Many men of color have unjustly spent their lives in prison for wrongful convictions, some of which never get exonerated and die behind bars for a crime they didn’t commit.
If you missed “The Central Park Five”, click the link below to watch the full documentary. It’s a must-see!