In the article “Central Park Five” (History 2019), I learned about the five young black and Hispanic boys all under the age of 16 that were accused of assaulting, raping, and attempted murder of a 28-year-old female jogger. This case was very significant to the world because it caused many racial tensions within the city. These young boys maintained their innocence throughout their trials and while they were in prison for six to 13 years serving their sentences. These young boys were being discriminated against because of the color of their skin and race. They were interrogated by the white police officers without a lawyer or a parent present. During the ongoing investigation, there was no evidence that linked these five young boys to the crime, but they were convicted anyway.What are your opinions about this case?
Although this case was many years ago I am still extremely shocked by the way these five young men were wrongfully convicted of such a crime. In my opinion, I believe that these investigators committed acts of racism toward these young men, and took their entire childhood away. Although these young men were given $41 million dollars in the settlement I believe this is no way of repaying all of the time, pain, and suffering these men endured throughout their time in prison.