Central Park Five

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On the morning of April 19, 1989, five Black and Latino teens were arrested when the body of a White female, later identified as Trisha Melli, was found unconscious, beaten and raped in Central Park. Three youth were initially arrested: Salaam, 15, Santana, 14, and McCray, 15, interrogated and held at the Central Park Precinct for the night, without their parents or attorney. The two others Richardson, 14, and Wise, 16, were also later arrested, interrogated and coerced by the police officers into confessions. All of them were convicted with sentences which ranged from six and a half years for the juveniles for rape and robbery, to eleven and a half years for Wise, eldest at 16, who was convicted as an adult for sexual assault, first-degree assault, first-degree riot and sent to Riker’s Island to fulfill his sentence.
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Justice for the Central Park Five

Khorey Wise during his 1989 trial. Image courtesy of PBS.com

Khorey Wise during his 1989 trial. Image courtesy of PBS.com

On the night of April 19, 1989, a White female jogger, later identified as Trisha Melli, was found unconscious, beaten, and raped in Central Park.  By morning, three youths were arrested: Yusef Salaam, 15, Raymond Santana, 14, and Anton McCray, 15. The boys were interrogated and held at the Central Park Precinct for the night, without their parents or attorney. Two other boys, Kevin Richardson, 14, and Kharey Wise, 16, were also later arrested, interrogated, and coerced by the police officers into confessions. All of them were convicted with sentences ranging from six and a half years for the juveniles for rape and robbery, to eleven and a half years for Wise, eldest at 16, who was convicted as an adult for sexual assault, first-degree assault, first-degree riot and sent to Riker’s Island to fulfill his sentence.

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