Open Thread: Central Park Five

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We’ll have a review of Ken and Sarah Burns’ documentary Central Park Five up soon, but if you caught it last night on PBS, feel free to leave your thoughts in this thread. If you missed it, it’s available for rent or purchase at Amazon.

The New York Times will also host an interview on Wednesday with the filmmakers, as well as the five men–Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray and Korey Wise–ultimately exonerated in the case, starting at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Update, 8:37 a.m. EST: PBS has made the film available online. Trigger Warning should be in effect.

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  • Wong Chia Chi

    These poor men. I feel like if the state wrongly convicted them they should recompensate them for the time they lost and the suffering they went through. How can people knowingly do this to someone? Pressure to find the rapists or not.

  • Alexandra

    I am grateful the film gave so much space to the victims (then men) to speak their stories. I saw this film in the theater in December and I still carry it with me; a heavy, heavy load.

  • Keisha

    I saw the documentary a couple of months ago and I saw it again last night. I still felt the same emotions of anger and sadness while watching it again. One of things that I agreed with was when Jim Dwyer mentioned that the coverage of the exoneration was worse than the media coverage of the initial thing that happened in 1989. I noticed that even when this documentary first started making the rounds last year, there was still vitriol spewed towards these men. Comments that stated that they were there and that they deserved what they received because they were “thugs”. But what I found more humbling was that when I met these men, they were not vengeful or hateful towards the NYPD or the city. They just want justice.