Central Park Five Documentary Subpoena

Friday, October 05, 2012

Sarah Burns, filmmaker and author of The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding, and David McMahon, filmmaker and producer, discuss the NYPD's attempts to subpoena outtakes from their forthcoming documentary (with Ken Burns) on the Central Park Five.


Sarah Burns and David McMahon

Comments [10]

jeff from West Paterson, NJ

The victim was not conscious when she was found. She was beaten so badly that she had no recollection of the events.

Oct. 19 2012 09:43 PM
JFreely from NYC

My 2 Questions:

!. Did the victim say she was raped by a bunch of boys or by the one person that was now found to be the real rapist (with the DNA evidence)?

2. This story of rush to judgement, wrongful conviction, police mistakes that still aren't fully acknowledged is similar point by point to the case (and 2 films) on "the West Memphis 3." That's the case with the now known innocent Damian Echols who was even interviewed on NPR about it last month. Why not mention that here and compare these similar cases??

Oct. 05 2012 11:41 AM least these five got a sham Boomberg Trial®. Bloomberg Kops® just decided to execute this kid, directly:

Oct. 05 2012 11:29 AM
Jon from Manhattan

Brooklyn synonymous with Black?! What planet is this person living on? I've been visiting Brooklyn for over 30 years since I moved into the City and I never heard even the intimation that Brooklyn was a "Black" borough. It begs the question of whose prejudices need to be examined.

Oct. 05 2012 11:24 AM
Leo from Queens

this subpoena is an attempt to silence and intimidate any part of investigate journalism that looks at the behavior of the government so that no one questions and looks at the activities of the government in more detail.

Daily 'reporting' that is done over the radio, TV or the tabloid 'papers' today never addresses real issues of what is really going on and accountability for government officials.

The media really more operates as a loudspeaker for the government and inflames passions to really cloud real issues and facts. So going after investigative journalists is a tactic by the government to silence and intimidate so they have full control of what taxpayers know.

Oct. 05 2012 11:24 AM
Sean from Brooklyn

Funny that this story follows the Mau Mau win vs the UK government story on the hourly NPR broadcast. Both city and UK Gov just don't want to pay out money.

Oct. 05 2012 11:23 AM
David from Brooklyn

I believe the term "wilding" came from officers who misheard the kids who were arrested in the Central Park Jogger case singing the Tone Loc song "Wild Thing."

Oct. 05 2012 11:22 AM
Leo from Queens

follow up: what happens to Morgenthau and his assistant DAs who pushed for these trials and convictions and never questioned the confessions and evidence.

Oct. 05 2012 11:10 AM
daren from nyc

Not sure if this story went on the air yet, but if u not, could some time be taken out to discuss Donald Trumps roll, as I remember he took out full pg adds in all 3 nyc papers, pushing 4 the Death penalty. Also whatever happen to the Officiers who obtained those confessions.

Oct. 05 2012 10:47 AM
Leo from Queens

As a taxpayer, I want to know how much the city pays a year in litigating these types of lawsuit and in payouts and settlements resulting from the negligent and criminal activity conducted by government officials as well as by their arrogance and abuses due to the lack of accountability. Instead of wasting my tax dollars on this, they should just agree that an injustice was done. Work with the attorneys for these men to come to a reasonable settlement and pay out the compensation and force Ex-DA Morgenthau and other people who committed this injustice (and further endangered us by not capturing the real rapist)to pay part of this settlement out of their pockets.
Until we get some accountability from politicians and government officials, we will continue to pay out hundreds of millions of tax dollars that could go to Education to cover up their crimes. !

Just take a look at the lawsuit from the people indiscriminately arrested by Bloomberg during the Republican convention. All payouts should be made by Pataki and Bloomberg as the NYPD was operating as their own private security force of thugs.

Just take a look at the report yesterday of yet another person executed by the NYPD because this person was allegedly driving while inebriated. That's at least a couple of millions right there. PLUS the millions we are supposedly spending training police officers each year.

Oct. 05 2012 10:13 AM

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