That time Donald Trump falsely accused 5 boys of rape and ruined their lives.
Back in 1989, Trump had no fear of shattering lives. In fact, he led a lynch mob, taking out full page advertisements in every New York paper demanding that the death penalty be applied in the Central Park Jogger case.
The NYPD had arrested five black or brown children between 14 and 16 to demonstrate speedy progress after a horrific assault that led a young woman fighting for her life. NPYD detectives forced confessions, in the absence of lawyers or parents, from 4 of the 5 children.
Reflecting on that moment decades later, one of the young boys, Yusuf Salaam said:
“He was the fire starter,” Salaam said of Trump, in his first extended interview since Trump announced his run for the White House. “Common citizens were being manipulated and swayed into believing that we were guilty.” — www.theguardian.com/…
Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, and Raymond Santana, the five children who were falsely accused of rape and assault by Donald Trump were eventually exonerated in 2002. No physical evidence had ever tied them to the victim or the scene, but they’d been convicted nonetheless, on the basis of coerced confessions extracted by an out of control and inept NYPD. Over a decade after their convictions, DNA evidence implicated a known sex offender. NYPD detectives had botched the case and let a dangerous rapist roam free for years. The city paid tens of millions in a settlement to the Central Park Five, who spent most of their youth behind bars on false charges.