Hat tip: FedUp_Mom
A case about race & gross injustice.
The Central Park 5 were railroaded to prison. The media portrayed #CentralPark5 as guilty & used racially coded terms like ‘wolf pack’ ‘wolf pack prey’ ‘super predators’ ‘feral’ ‘savage’ and ‘animal’. Donald Trump paid $85,000 for full page ads in 4 newspapers in 1989 calling for the death penalty.
The #CentralPark5 had NO CHANCE. The system was against them, the media, the wealthy & even black people joined the bandwagon to accuse them guilty & THEY WERE INNOCENT! Bob Herbert & Donald Trump are beneath contempt for using their powers to literally destroy young innocent Americans lives.
Kevin Richardson of the Central Park 5 had to compose himself during an emotional City Hall conference Friday, talking about how his childhood was taken away as a result of being wrongfully inprisoned for 25 years.
Three of the men wrongly convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger attack spoke Friday about their $41 million settlement with the city, saying no money can compensate for their lost youth and dignity.
One of them could not contain his emotions.
“Y’all don’t really understand what we went through,” Kevin Richardson, now 39, said, his voice cracking and tears filling in his eyes.
He paused. A co-defendant, Raymond Santana, put his hand on his shoulder. “Take your time,” someone said. After composing himself, Richardson continued.
“People called us animals, wolf pack,” he said. “It still hurts me emotionally.”
Raymond Santana (left) and Yusef Salaam (right) also attended the gathering. Santana said being called labels such as “wolf-pack” and “super-predator” over the last 25 years has hurt the men deeply
Richardson, Santana and Yusef Salaam gathered outside City Hall, a day after city Controller Scott Stringer approved the tentative settlement of the lawsuit they and two other co-defendants — Antron McCray and Kharey Wise — filed against police and prosecutors.
The deal will go before U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts for approval within two weeks, lawyers for the men said.
The Central Park Five had sued for $250 million.
“Today’s supposed to be a day of victory, of a celebration, and when I look back on these past 25 years with labels of ‘wolf pack,’ ‘super-predator’ … it’s unbelievable the injustice that we have suffered throughout all these years and that we continue to suffer today,” said Santana, 39, who along with Richardson works for 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East.