Trump stands by comments about wrongly convicted 'Central Park Five'

Clay Curtis
June 19, 2019

Donald Trump has again suggested that the wrongfully convicted teenagers in the Central Park Five case are guilty, and has declined to apologise for taking out print ads in 1989 that called for their execution.

Director Ava DuVernay, centre, with the Central Park Five, from the left, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Anthony McCray and Yusef Salaam, attend the world premiere of 'When They See Us, ' the Netflix series about their case.

April Ryan, White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks, asked Trump if he would apologize for the full-page ads he took out in 1989 calling for the five black and Latino teenagers to face the death penalty for allegedly raping a woman in Central Park.

On the statement that they were exonerated, Trump said: "You have people on both sides of that".

Trump is certainly one of the flesh-and-blood villains of the Central Park Five story.

Trump responded, "You have people on both sides of that".

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He wrote in all caps: "Bring back the death penalty and bring back our police!"

Ryan's question was spurred by heightened public scrutiny over the notoriously bungled case, in which NY police obtained coerced confessions from five black and brown youths regarding the rape and assault of a 28-year-old jogger in Central Park, despite their lack of involvement. "They admitted their guilt", Trump told Ryan.

In 2014, New York City agreed to pay more than $40 million to the five men.

Those involved in the case later said Trump's ads had a significant impact on the trial and contributed to the wrongful conviction.

The five boys were elsewhere in the park at the time, an investigation by the District Attorney's Office found in 2002. "They admitted their guilt. some of the prosecutors think the city should never have settled that case and we'll leave it at that".

Since the release of the miniseries she has endured significant fallout in her public life, being dropped by her publisher and having to resign from her positions on various boards.

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