Come December, it will have been 10 years since the Central Park Five were cleared of an interracial gang rape that rocked New York in ’89. Five teens, coerced into confessing to a crime they didn’t commit. It was a media frenzy, a race riot.Four of the defendants spent seven years in prison, and the fifth did 13 years’ time before Matias Reyes, an incarcerated serial rapist and murderer, came forward and DNA evidence proved he raped Trisha Meili.
A documentary by Ken Burns and his daughter, Sarah, “The Central Park Five” takes a gripping look at how the media and the law dehumanized these teens and stole their innocence. It’s playing in select cities now and coming to TV screens next year.