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The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City's Most Infamous Crimes

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Seeing past the headlines

    Having been in New York when the Central Park jogger was brutally attacked, I remember the rush to judgement on the part of those who were ready, willing and able to indict any minority youth, and the rush to excuse the "wilders", but the assumption on both sides that those who were arrested were guilty. Burns could have expressed more understanding of the non-fatal victims of the wilders--people who were mugged, roughed up, taunted, etc.--and could have been less dispassionate about the youth who were wilding, which was, after all, pointless harassment and humiliation of people in the park--but her indictment of how the police,the courts, and the court of public opinion were stacked against them is searing. The loss of jobs, the deterioration of the city, the need for powerless scapegoats from the minority and working class communities were ignored in favor of finding someone, anyone, to blame for the state of the city aside from the rich and the politicians. Her detailed analysis of how the evidence was ignored and how people will confess to get the hell out of a police station are carefully built up and a revelation, no matter how knowledgeable or cynical one might already be about the criminal injustice system. A strong example of how bias doesn't mean distortion, fluidly and grippingly written. All the more impressive for being a first effort, a must read, and just as relevant today.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

    Beautifully written and researched true story

    A careful, but riveting, analysis of what went wrong in the arrest and prosecution of five young black and Hispanic boys who did not rape or assault the Central Park Jogger. Definitely worth reading. Helps one understand how well-meaning law enforcers can coerce confessions and mislead juries in a justice system that is supposed to protect the innocent, and how the media can create a panic that fans the flames of racism.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Highly Recommend this one

    I read the book first and then watched the documentary, it depicted the world as a very fulnerable place. You can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our society can be so mistaken and have the wrong agenda.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Good

    This is a very well written book.. as you will read nothing left out, author has her story well researched..
    Its sad to think so many young lives were uprooted because of to many people quick to judge !!
    ....Bn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    not great

    Dragged out

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    CENTRAL PARK THE FREE PARK ^_^

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