The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding

The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding

by Sarah Burns
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The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Subway_Reader More than 1 year ago
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.
dmarott1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Dragged out