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‘The Central Park Five’ movie review

Documentary starring New York City

In 1989 a woman jogging through Central Park was savagely beaten and raped. Five black and Latino teens were arrested, interrogated, convicted and incarcerated. Not because there was evidence or witnesses against them, but because they confessed after hours of questioning. However, the boys did not commit this horrific crime. The truth came out when a serial rapist confessed to the crime. The Central Park Five were locked up for six to 13 years. This travesty of justice is the subject of Ken Burns’ new film. How these teens were railroaded and why they were wrongly convicted could fill annals of law books. This is an unflinching account of the pervasiveness of racism and the utter failure of American jurisprudence. –p.d. lee