Debate Highlight: Trump’s Orchestration of the Racist Lynching of the Innocent ‘Central Park 5’

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VT: Netflix is currently running a series, When They See US on Donald Trump and his rabid racism tied to the lynching of the Central Park 5.  They are free now, after years in prison due to Trump’s game playing and he still wants them locked up even though the real perpetrator has been caught and DNA evidence makes it a slam dunk case.

Before Pizzagate, before Qanon, before Birtherism, Trump proved his criminal soul:

Trump currently has Attorney General Barr looking into how the now freed Central Park 5 can be ‘reimprisoned’ and their exoneration (they got $40m in restitution from NY City for Trump’s actions) can be quashed by a presidential decree.

Then, star of the new Borat film, Rudy Giuliani, says this as well:

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said that Donald Trump had a “pretty solid basis” for his conclusion that the Central Park Five are guilty, and that not all DNA evidence is “absolutely conclusive.”(BuzzFeed News)

The new Amazon film shows Giuliani with what he believes to be a 15 year old girl.  As we watch her pull his microphone amplifier from his crotch area and he takes hers off, he lays back on the bed and puts his hands in his pants.

What audiences see is Rudy thinking he has gotten “lucky” with a teenage girl.  He is preparing for sex and no other interpretation is possible.

No, we aren’t kidding.

Guardian: Yusef Salaam was 15 years old when Donald Trump demanded his execution for a crime he did not commit.

Nearly three decades before the rambunctious billionaire began his run for president – before he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, for the expulsion of all undocumented migrants, before he branded Mexicans as “rapists” and was accused of mocking the disabled – Trump called for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New York following a horrific rape case in which five teenagers were wrongly convicted.

The miscarriage of justice is widely remembered as a definitive moment in New York’s fractured race relations. But Trump’s intervention – he signed full-page newspaper advertisements implicitly calling for the boys to die – has been gradually overlooked as his chances of winning the Republican nomination have rapidly increased. Now those involved in the case of the so-called Central Park Five and its aftermath say Trump’s rhetoric served as an unlikely precursor to a unique brand of divisive populism that has powered his rise to political prominence in 2016.

It was 1989. The crack epidemic had torn through New York as poverty soared to 25% and the city’s elites reaped the rewards of a booming Wall Street. The murder rate had risen to 1,896 killings a year; 3,254 rapes would be reported in the five boroughs, but only one captured the city’s extended attention and later exposed bias in its criminal justice system and media establishment.  read more… https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/17/central-park-five-donald-trump-jogger-rape-case-new-york

From Oxygen:

“It is impossible to determine the extent to which Trump’s influence may have impacted the jury at the time. Michael Warren, the veteran New York civil rights lawyer who represented the Central Park Five in court, argued that his clout indubitably effected the jury.

“He poisoned the minds of many people who lived in New York and who, rightfully, had a natural affinity for the victim,” Warren told The Guardian in 2016. “Notwithstanding the jurors’ assertions that they could be fair and impartial, some of them or their families, who naturally have influence, had to be affected by the inflammatory rhetoric in the ads.”

In 2002, Matias Reyes, a convicted murderer and serial rapist who had been serving a minimum 33-year prison sentence on unrelated charges, confessed to the attack on Meili. His DNA matched with samples from the crime scene. However, he was never tried: The statute of limitations on the case had expired.

That same year, then-Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau recommended that the charges brought against the original group of accused teens be dropped. The original indictments were ultimately dismissed and the men were freed, despite protests from local police forces.

In 2014, after the Central Park Five won more than $40 million in a settlement with New York City, Trump continued to denigrate the exonerated individuals.”

 

 

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  1. Labs can make false claim as to dna, and in a corporatized world who could oppose whatever claim if all labs were controlled. Most prisons are corporations, profit by imprisonment. A question could be have jails made any difference.