The story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice
The central park five are tricked into implicating themselves and each other
Even with the absence of any evidence, the five teenagers were detained.
The Central Park Five describe their lives before April 20, 1989.
Natalie Byfield discusses the horror of the death penalty
Kevin Richardson and Raymond Santana discuss the manipulation of their interrogation
The media response to the Central Park Jogger case was swift and prejudiced.
The Central Park Five did not take a plea bargain
The police controlled the story to the media and for them, all the pieces came into place
Jim Dwyer talks about the Central Park Five being caught in a proxy war