A Presumption of Innocence and a Fair Trial

The presumption of innocence is a legal principle that every person accused of any crime is considered innocent until proven guilty.

A presumption of innocence means that any defendant in a criminal trial is assumed to be innocent until they have been proven guilty. As such, a prosecutor is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person committed the crime if that person is to be convicted.

1 Sister Circle | Yusef Salaam of The Central Park Five Talks Journey From Trauma To Triumph | TVONE

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2 A Special Session: Yusef Salaam | Players Tech Summit

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2 jul 2019

In conversation with a member of the Exonerated Five Yuset Salaam and Bloomberg’s Brad Stone

3 Yusef Salaam of Central Park Five on being wrongfully jailed

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11 sep 2020

Yusef Salaam is one of the ‘Central Park Five’ who became to be known the ‘Exonerated Five’.

It was case of racial injustice which shocked America three decades ago, when five Black and Hispanic teenagers were wrongfully jailed over the gang rape of a woman in New York’s Central Park in 1989. But after years behind bars, the ‘Central Park Five’ were finally exonerated in 2002.

Now one of them, Yusef Salaam, has written a novel in verse called ‘Punching the Air’ in collaboration with the author Ibi Zoboi, based on his experiences.

Yusef talks to Krishnan about how he remembers the experience that shaped his life, why he believes racism is escapable and why 2020 is a symbolic year.

4 Central Park Five’s Yusef Salaam: Donald Trump Needs to Be Fired from Running for President

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14 okt 2016

In 1989, Yusef Salaam and four other African-American and Latino teenagers were arrested for beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They became known as the Central Park Five. Donald Trump took out full-page ads in New York newspapers calling for their execution. Then, in 2002, their convictions were vacated after the real rapist came forward and confessed to the crime and his DNA matched. By then, the Central Park Five served between seven and 13 years in jail for the assault. The city settled with them for $41 million. But as late as last week Donald Trump still claimed they were guilty. We speak with Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, who writes in The Washington Post that “Donald Trump won’t leave me alone.”

Guilty of something that we had not done

What they have are our false confessions. They didn’t explicitly call them false confessions, but it was clear to everyone, especially seasoned experts in this process. You have to remember, in New York City, the officers who interrogated us were part of the Manhattan North Homicide squad, a highly skilled and exclusive group. You can’t just join this organization within the police department, within the detectives, unless you have at least 20 years of experience. Imagine a person working, learning, and participating for two decades – that person is an expert, absolute in their field.

They knew that the confessions they extracted from us were false. They knew because these confessions didn’t align with anything else. They knew because it didn’t match the forensic scientists’ recreation of the crime scene. Ultimately, they knew because this woman lost three-fourths of her blood in a crime they described as so heinous, they didn’t expect her to survive.

5 The Central Park Five: Guilty or Innocent? | Netflix Series – “When They See Us” Review

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Blood on Steve Lopez not Meili’s
Reyes feared for his life only after telling on himself
Shabazz and Ronald did give statements to the police but did not testify in court.

00:00 Start
1:29 When They See Us
2:07 Their Story
10:26 When They See Us Again
12:15 Apprehended
17:28 Their First Victim of The Night
20:01 Yusef’s Knife Game
24:15 The Vicious Attack on Jogger #3
29:44 The Rape of Patricia Meili
38:32 Steve Lopez Avoids a Rape Charge By Keeping His Mouth Shut
40:30 Where is The Coercion?
43:50 A Whole Lot of Evidence
54:06 Physical Evidence
56:35 Matias Reyes
1:10:44 Reyes’ Motivation to Come Forward
1:17:58 Recap
1:21:22 Politics Behind the Case
1:25:50 Conclusion

Four months of research on the Central Park 5 case in order to deliver a video that would lay out key facts logically. See why I call the Central Park 5 the “Most Celebrated Snitches in Black History”.
Understand the possible connections between Matias Reyes and the Central Park 5. Recognize that the Central Park 5 were guilty of at least the attacks on all of the other joggers. Look at evidence not seen in the documentary or the Netflix series.


Your Eyes Or Your Life: The True Story Of The Central Park Jogger Rapist

6 Dr. Yusef Salaam of Central Park Five delivers keynote at Heidelberg, offers lessons learned from wr

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22 feb 2023

Salaam spoke to students on the importance of not allowing adversity to make you bitter in life, but instead as a chance to better find your place in society.

7 True Crime Documentary: Matias Reyes (The East Side Slasher)

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The Central Park Five Story is a riveting documentary that tells the story of five young Black and Latino boys who were wrongfully convicted of a brutal assault in Central Park in 1989. The case became a lightning rod for racial tension and media sensationalism, leading to a rush to judgment and an unfair trial.

8 What was happening in New York City at time of ‘Central Park Five’ arrests | ABC News

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24 mei 2019

“20/20: One Night in Central Park” examines the culture, crime and social context of 1980s New York City that surrounded the brutal attack and rape of a jogger in Central Park on April 19, 1989.

9 Officer disputes Netflix portrayal of Central Park Five case

15 jun. 2019

The Netflix limited series “When They See Us” tells the story of five teen boys of color who were wrongfully convicted in 1990 of raping and leaving a white female jogger for dead in New York City’s Central Park. CNN’s Michael Smerconish talks with a former NYPD officer who made arrests

10 Cuomo on Central Park 5: Trump is clinging to a proven injustice

19 jun. 2019

CNN’s Chris Cuomo discusses President Trump once again declining to apologize when asked about his actions following the Central Park Five incident, insisting that some of the prosecutors believe the lawsuit was mishandled. #CNN #News

11 Central Park entrance to honor 5 teens falsely convicted of 1989 rape

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13 dec 2022
‘The Gate of the Exonerated’ honors the teenagers known as the Central Park Five who were wrongfully convicted in a 1989 attack and rape. Jim Dolan has more.

12 Struggle by ‘Central Park 5’ ends in $40 million settlement

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21 jun 2014

New York City will pay $40 million to five black and Latino men who 25 years ago were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a woman in Central Park. Their conviction was vacated in 2002, but it took until now to close the book on the decade-long civil rights lawsuit. Jeffrey Brown talks to Craig Steven Wilder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more on the legacy of the infamous crime.

13 Central Park Five prosecutor under fire again after Netflix series

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5 jun 2019

A former prosecutor at the center of New York’s notorious Central Park Five rape case faces strong backlash, after the release of a hard-hitting Netflix series. Linda Fairstein stepped down from the boards of a college and a non-profit charity. She was the top Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor when five teenagers were wrongfully convicted following the 1989 attack on a female jogger. Michelle Miller reports.


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29 aug 2021

he controversy surrounding the so-called Central Park 5, a group of teenagers wrongfully accused of attacking and raping a woman on April 19 of 1989, has sparked endless discussion on the topics of race, policing, and criminal justice in America. Despite their exonerations and thorough DNA testing which has identified the actual perpetrator, the facts of the case remain disputed to this day. How this group of innocent kids were blamed for the crime is precisely the question behind Ava Duvarney’s latest series, “When They See Us,” which recently debuted on Netflix.

One of the most bizarre elements of the original conception of the crime was the accusation that some teens who assaulted several people the same night Trisha Meili was raped were “wilding” — but what exactly “wilding” is or was remains somewhat unclear to this day.

According to a New York Times article published two days after the attack on Meili, at least 9 individuals were victims of a group of “32 schoolboys” who “terrorized” the Central Park area without a motive. The squad, which had split into smaller sub-groups after spotting police cars, physically assaulted several unidentified individuals and threw rocks at passing cars. Because the cabal of kids weren’t on drugs, didn’t rob anyone of their belongings, and were apparently not motivated by hatred, police believed they were participating in a pastime called “wilding.”

”It’s not a term that we in the police had heard before,” said Chief of Detectives Robert Colangelo at the time, noting that the police were unaware of any similar incidents in the park recently. ”They just said, ‘We were going wilding.’ In my mind at this point, it implies that they were going to go raise hell.”

”It’s very difficult to explain,” Colangelo continued. ”I think they were a group of kids who lived relatively close together, who hung out together, and I think on Wednesday night they said, ‘Let’s raise a little hell, go into the park and assault and harass joggers and bicyclists.'”

Reports have since indicated that the NYPD had actually misunderstood the suspects. A 2002 report from The National Review indicates that officers had overheard the teenagers singing the lyrics to Tone Loc’s popular track, “Wild Thing” while they were in holding cells but couldn’t understand the context, thus spawning the neologism.

A different account of the word suggests that it had actually been in use long before the Central Park 5 incident. In her book, “The Central Park Five,” writer Sarah Burns states that “wilding” had previously been used as “street slang for acting crazy, although it didn’t necessarily have violent connotations.”

Political analysts have since scrutinized the way the phrase was used to stoke racial fears about black and hispanic youths and may have played a factor in the trial of the five 14- to 16-year-old children accused or raping Meili.

“The cultural panic engendered by wilding measurably contributed to the verdicts,” writes Stephen Mexal, an English professor at California State University, in an article titled “The Roots of ‘Wildin’: Black Literary Naturalism, the Language of Wilderness, and Hip Hop in the Central Park Jogger Rape.”

“The Central Park Jogger rape began as a horrific crime but became a multivalent spectacle in part because of an interpretive failure on the part of the broader public: an inability to read the word wilding critically, as a part of an ironic discourse interrogating the primacy of white civilization,” says Mexal.

“Wilding” has certainly since become a common colloquialism for acting crazy or excited in a playful manner, as per Nick Cannon’s former MTV series “Wild N Out,” postulates Mexal.

“I suspect the word ‘wilding’ made many people remember about actual wilderness, violent and uncontrollable,” Mexal added, according to Grist, an independent news outlet. “Now, every right-thinking person knows that a 14-year old boy from New York is not a wild tiger. But for seemingly an entire city and maybe an entire country, that simple fact suddenly became very hard to remember one night in 1989.”

The fear of “wilding” has since been compared to the moral panic around fabled youth trends like the so-called “knockout game,” a supposed fad in 2013 which urban youths allegedly challenged each other to punch out strangers.

“You could find instances that fit either description, but in a country with tens of millions of teenagers, where you could find examples of almost any behavior, you need more than a few anecdotes to prove a trend,” wrote political analyst Jamelle Bouie for The Daily Beast. “But the question isn’t whether these random assaults happen. Of course they do. The question is whether this is a new dimension of urban crime, or a new name for an old phenomenon. Most of the evidence points to the latter.”


14 Trump Continues To Say Central Park Five Are Guilty

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In the case of the men accused of the 1989 Central Park rape, just about anyone else would admit they were wrong, or even apologize. Not Donald Trump. He’s doing neither. In fact, he’s still saying they’re guilty. RFL panelist and Political Reporter Dominic Carter spoke with one of them, Yusef Salaam.

15 Mindfulness and Brain Injury: The Central Park Jogger’s Story

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Why living in the present moment is even more important after brain injury.

16 Wrongly convicted man has message for Trump years after his full-page ad

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7 jul 2023

Yusef Salaam, an exonerated Central Park Five member who was wrongfully accused of raping a jogger and spent seven years in prison, has won the Democratic primary for the NYC council seat. He joins “CNN This Morning” to discuss his journey.

17 Exonerated Central Park 5 member transforms Trump’s ad calling for his death into campaign ad

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5 apr 2023

Donald Trump has been railing about how “unfairly” the justice system is supposedly treating him. A prime example of what inhumane treatment does look like is a case Donald Trump is familiar with, involving the now-Exonerated Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted of the rape of a white jogger more than 30 years ago. Dr. Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated Five, joins Joy Reid on turning the ad that Donald Trump created calling for his death and that of the others erroneously accused, into a campaign ad for his current run for New York City Council.


18 Central Park Five appear in New York City court in 1989

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21 aug 2018

A woman who was raped by a man who became known as the Central Park rapist has been detailing her horrific experience to detectives in New York. Matias Reyes, a serial rapist, confessed in 2002 to being the Central Park rapist. A woman, J, recognized his picture as being raped 14 years earlier by him. J’s written account of her ordeal is among 200,000 pages of documents and 95 depositions that have been posted online by the city’s Law Department. Before Reyes was caught, five teens were convicted and jailed in 1990 after confessing to the an attack and rape against a Central Park jogger.


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Good samaritans giving a hand to a pretty girl come back to their car only to find a club on their driving wheel. A presentation of the Just For Laughs Gags. The funny hidden camera pranks show for the whole family. Juste pour rire les gags, l’émission de caméra caché la plus comique de la télé!