The ‘central part five’ are four African American and one Hispanic American men who were sentence to prison in 1990 for raping a girl in central park new York and released when Maria’s Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist who was in prison at the time confessed to raping the girl in 2001. His DNA matched samples found on and near the rape victim.
Salaam, Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Antron McCray (central park five) all in their mid-40s were honored with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California’s inaugural Roger Baldwin Courage Award at the group’s 25th Annual Luncheon.
The Central Park Five have also received renewed attention thanks to “When They See Us,” director Ava DuVernay’s recently released Netflix miniseries about the case.
On Friday event at which the group received a courage award, one of the five men slammed president Donald Trump for his vicious 1989 attack ads. He said “when Donald Trump took out that full-page Ads, and put them in all of new York city’s newspapers, calling for our execution he placed a bounty on our head.”
“They had published our names, our phone numbers, and pur addresses in new York city’s newspapers. Imagine the horror of that.” He added.
Trump infamously took out full-page ads in New York City newspapers calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty in conjunction with the arrests of the five teenagers accused of the brutal rape of a white female jogger in Central Park three decades ago. The case is now seen as an example of racial injustice within the U.S. legal system, but Trump has never apologized.