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Ken Burns: The Central Park Five

Streaming Video - 2012 Community Rating: 0 out of 5

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In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, Ken Burns tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice
Voice of a Killer (3:38)
Growing up in Harlem (5:15)
New York CIty Divided (3:42)
April 19, 1989 (6:05)
Central Park Precinct Wednesday 11:00 P.M. (3:30)
Thursday Morning (5:20)
Thursday Afternoon (2:10)
Coached Statements (6:16)
Coached Statements Under Stress (4:15)
Videotaped Statements (5:47)
Videotaped Statements Continued (2:51)
News Coverage (3:07)
The Charges and Victim (3:30)
Death Penalty Debate in New York (3:29)
Media Discrimination (2:51)
Press Chronology of "Wilding" Teens (3:37)
No DNA Match (2:21)
East Side Serial Rapist (2:56)
The Trial Begins (3:09)
The Trial Continues (2:10)
Defense Strategy and Plea Deal (3:53)
The Verdict (4:41)
Second Trial and Verdicts (4:02)
Prison Life (3:37)
After Prison (5:34)
Killer Comes Forward (4:31)
Motion Granted to Dismiss Convictions (6:26)
Institutional Protectionism (4:06)
Irreversible Damage (2:25)
Prologue (0:43)
Credits: Ken Burns: The Central Park Five (2:47)


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Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), 2012
Year Published: 2012
Format: Streaming Video

Central Park Jogger Rape Trial, New York, N.Y., 1990
Judicial error
New York (State)
New York
Violent crimes
New York (State)
New York
Case studies