In 1989, a woman was jogging in Central Park was raped and murdered and police arrested five young black and Latino boys for the crime. They ended up pleading guilty and Trump took out a full page newspaper ad calling for the death penalty to be restored. After many years in prison, however, a serial rapist already in prison admitted to the crime and DNA testing proved that the boys were all innocent. Trump is still refusing to admit that he was wrong.
During a brief Q&A with the press on Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again appeared to suggest that he still believes the Central Park Five are guilty.
“You have people on both sides of that,” he told reporters. “They admitted their guilt.”
Also the focus on their guilty pleas, as if innocent people never plead guilty. These were teenagers being interrogated by police officers who are allowed to lie to them and to intimidate them. And here, the court found that the confessions were coerced. Those young men lost years of their lives, some more than a decade, because cops coerced them into confessing. If they hadn’t tested the DNA evidence much later, they would all still be in prison. Trump simply doesn’t care, nor do most conservatives. Which is appalling.