THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE Trailer and Poster

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In 1989, five minority teenagers were arrested for the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park.  Wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison without any physical evidence, including DNA, that tied them to the crime, the five were released after serving no less than six years in prison.  The Central Park Five, a new documentary from directors Ken and Sarah Burns and David McMahon, revisits the events surrounding this two-sided tragedy and examines the culture of racism and mob-mentality that accompanied it.  Hit the jump to see the new trailer and poster for The Central Park Five.

The new trailer for The Central Park Five follows below:

Here’s the synopsis for The Central Park Five:

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE is the story of the five young men who were wrongfully convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park. It examines how the legal system’s rush to judgment – fueled by a city racially divided and fearful of crime – resulted in false confessions and no reassessment of the charges as conflicting evidence came in.  This left a brutal rapist on the streets and robbed five innocent kids of their youth, all of whom served out their full terms. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, after directing a thorough re-investigation when the actual rapist came forward and confessed, and realizing his office’s mistakes, joined with the defense to request that the convictions be vacated, which was instantly granted by Judge Charles Tejada.

Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

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  • Jim Rose

    These five were guilty as sin. While, yes, their convictions were based almost entirely on the defendants’ detailed, videotaped confessions (all but one made in the presence of their parents or adult guardians), DNA was not a staple at the time. In fact, it was the lawyers for the five that sought to dismiss DNA evidence. The bigger injustice is that their convictions were overturned not because of a new trial or evidence, but solely on the confession of a career criminal who had nothing to lose. Reyes, the serial criminal, changed nothing. These five are celebrated as heroes, despite admitting that while they may or may not have raped her, they certainly participated in the attack that left her nearly dead.

    Ken and Sara Burns – You should be ashamed yourselves.

  • Mavro

    What about the DNA evidence that confirmed Reyes in the rape? Or the lack of DNA evidence connecting the other five to the scene? Also, are you talking about the coerced confessions? And if your argument is that you don’t think confessions can be coerced, what about the West Memphis Three?

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  • JADE

    I wonder if any recent testing has been done on the clothes that the poor lady was wearing that night. Do the police still have these articles I wonder? The reason I ask is that DNA analysis is now so refined that even a minute amount of sweat, semen or saliva can be detected, even on clothes that have been locked away for more than 2 decades. If these boys had attacked this victim, then it is almost certain that they would have left some trace of themselves on her or her clothes. Just a thought.

  • stacey strickland

    GOD will take great care of those who think they have the power and is not fair. Color has always been our struggle as they see it but one day the will see that color is blind. I am very sorry for those five men who was robbed of their justice and their IDENTITY, just remember GOD holds the key of LIFE. My prayers are with you all. May GOD be with you and your families.

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