In 1989, five black and Latino teens in New York were indicted and then wrongfully convicted of raping a white 28-year-old investment banker named Tricia Meili, while she was jogging in Central Park. The five teens served five to seven years in jail before being exonerated for that crime. Last month, they agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit against New York City for a reported $41 million.
Sarah Burns and her husband, David McMahon, along with Sarah’s father, Ken Burns, made a documentary about the case called, “The Central Park Five.” We screened the film at MICA’s Brown Center in January 2013 as part of the Maryland Film Festival/WYPR Spotlight Series. After the screening, I spoke with Sarah Burns and David McMahon, as well as Raymond Santana, one of the Central Park Five.
You can see clips of the film at the Central Park Five website. You can watch the film via Amazon Prime or Netflix.
This segment originally aired on April 12, 2013.