Anexplosive documentary examines the famous criminal case that once it was calledthe crime of the century: The CentralPark Five. Many people heard and remember this criminal case, but very few knowthat the people who went to prison were not guilty. The documentary tells thestory of how four black and one Latino teenagers were arrested and convicted in1989 for beating and raping a white woman in Central Park in New York City. Thecoverage of the media at that time presented the adolescents as guilty and usedracially coded terms, such as “wolf pack”, to refer to the group ofboys accused of the attack. The central park five where charged for assault,robbery, riot, rape, sexual abuse, and attempted murder.
AntronMcCray, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise wereknown in New York as the five of CentralPark. On the afternoon of April 19, 1989, a 28-year-old investment agent nameTrisha Meili, a white woman, was running through northern Central Park, in thepark at 102nd Street, Meili was dragged into the woods where she was assaulted,and then dragged further into the woods, where the major attack upon heroccurred. Meili was found about 200 feet further side the park, near thesidewalk. Meanwhile, Meili survived, the jogger ended having no memory of anyof the events that happen that evening. The mostdangerous part of the city near Harlem back on 1989, when Trisha Meili wasbrutally attacked, defeated with a stone, smother, bound and raped.
The rapistgave her up for dead and when hours later they found her, Meili was senseless,suffering from hypothermia and had serious brain impairment. From the firstmoment, the New York Police Department was convinced that the perpetrators werealready detained in the precinct. The five teenagers denied having any participationin the iniquitous acts that were committed that night. Meanwhile, while hourswere passing the five adolescences were interrogated, and cornered by thepolice and ended up recognizing that they did had participation of the sexualassault of the Central Park jogger.In thedocumentary, the mayor of New York city on 1989 said “the New York criminal justice isn’t working” – Ed Koch,meanig that the crime rates are over thetop.
The Journalist Jim Dwyer also said “New york in the late 1980s was acompletely schizophrenic divided city, enourmas wealth gaushing out of the riseof the financial intrustries”.Thedocumentary unify the process of a political pressures, racial discriminationand the police and political extortion of the New York on the eighties. Itreveals how mayor Ed Koch, and governor Mario Cuomo, and president Donald Trumpmused the cituation of racial conflict and criticizes the carelessness of the UnitedStates judicial system.PresidentDonald Trump paid $85,000 to advertisedin the newspapers the concern he had for the female jogger, one of the majorsources Trump used was the New YorkTimes.
The newspaper headline read was “Bring Back The Death Penalty. BringBack Our Police!”Farthermore,the DNA retrived from the jogger Meili and the defendants they had in custody,the DNA tests in November, 1989 provedthat the semen from the jogger Mieli did not match any of the defendants DNA.By all means that the central park teenager were and are inocent of such crime.But the D.A still wanted to convict the defendants since the D.A were influenceby the media and higher political influences.