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October 10, 2012

2012.10.10: RE: “The Central Park Five” What we said during, before, and after

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 8:41 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:49 AM
Subject: RE: “The Central Park Five”

What we said during, before, and after:

N.Y. Justice: Not Color-Blind (NY Times, September 29, 1989)
“The prosecution and the courts are not alone in displaying ingrained racism. Much of the media described the Central Park assault as a ‘wilding,’ and the black defendants as a ‘wolf pack’ and ‘animals.’ Donald Trump, the police and not a few politicians howled for restoration of the death penalty.” 

Institutionalized Racism In the Criminal Justice System (City Sun, August 17, 1988)
“The entire relationship between the criminal justice system and the minority communities is based on institutionalized racism of the most profound sort.”

An Open Letter on the Goetz Trial (City Sun, June 15-21, 1987)
“As public defenders, we represent clients who overwhelmingly are young Black and Latino men. From this perspective, we express our outrage with the Goetz decision and with the atmosphere of pervasive racism that permeated the entire case from the time of the Goetz arrest until now.”


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