Trump’s Idea of ‘Law and Order’ Hasn’t Changed Since 1989—Including Racism and Violence

by Mark Sumner – In 1989, a 28-year-old woman was chased down, raped, and brutally beaten in New York’s Central Park. The assault left her in a coma with a fractured skull. She wasn’t expected to live. When she eventually woke from her coma two weeks later, she had no memory of her assault. She was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, with a Yale degree and a promising career. She was white. On the night of the incident, a large number of teenagers were in the park, several of them suspected gang members. A number of beatings and robberies that occurred that night were attributed to this group. Shortly after the discovery of the unconscious woman, police apprehended four black and one hispanic teenager who had been in the area, held them for hours with neither parents nor lawyers present, and eventually convinced all of them to confess not only to the other assaults, but some level of...

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Men Wrongly Jailed Over NY Rape Receive $41m

US judge approves settlement between New York City and five men wrongfully convicted over 1988 Central Park jogger rape A US federal judge has approved a $41m settlement between New York City and five men wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park, ending a decade-long civil rights lawsuit. The settlement’s details had been previously reported but were publicly disclosed for the first time on Friday, when US Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis signed off on the deal in New York. The brutal attack, known as the “Central Park Jogger” case, drew national headlines and was cited as evidence that the city’s crime rate had spiraled out of control. The five men, all black or Hispanic teenagers at the time, were arrested soon after the assault on 28-year-old Trisha Meili, a white investment banker. The men confessed following lengthy interrogations but later recanted, claiming their admissions were the result of exhaustion and police...

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