Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Central Park Five

Have you seen this documentary? Do you know the story?


The Central Park Five, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells 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. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Watch Central Park Five Preview on PBS. See more from Central Park Five.

The story of the Central Park Five raises important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and basic human rights.

I think any person with a career in law enforcement, criminal justice, or journalism should be REQUIRED to watch this movie. I also think every citizen that may ever serve on a jury should be required to watch it.

I watched this movie last night, and it cut me to the core.  I like to think that most people are good, that most people strive to become better and more enlightened beings, but that is not always the case.  The criminal element will always exist.  The need for a criminal and legal system will never go away.  Those with the power to arrest, convict and prosecute should be held to a high standard -- we trust them to keep us safe and to deal fairly and effectively with those that commit crimes.  They have big responsibilities, and they should be made to face serious consequences when they willfully thwart or impede justice and shirk their sworn responsibilities. 

Watch the movie if you get a chance.  You can find it on PBS in the United States, and/or purchase the DVD here.

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sporkgasm said...

It's also available on Netflix. I just moved it to the top of my queue.

Trissta said...

I haven't heard about it, but I find it extremely interesting that things are changing and stories like this are being brought back to life. I was born in 1989 (omg. I just aged myself.) so I never knew about the case either. Sounds quite tragic. I'll have to look into this one, though. Thanks for the heads up.

Much Love,

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I haven't but I definitely would in a heartbeat! Sounds fascinating!

Lorena said...

I am going to add it to my netflix.. sometimes i am going crazy looking for something good to watch, seems like a good choice.

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

i'm intrigued but i'm not sure my heart can take the cut... sometimes i just can't read the news... the recent gosnell trial cut me to the core real bad... and it's my hope that more eyes and ears of the heart finally see the truth that we conveniently want to walk away from.