Demand Justice for the Central Park Five
  • Petitioned Michael A. Cardozo

This petition was delivered to:

Corporations Counsel for the City of New York
Michael A. Cardozo
Mayor, New York City
Michael R. Bloomberg

Demand Justice for the Central Park Five

    1. Elizabeth Renter
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Renter

      Clayton, NC

On April 19, 1989 the world came to a screeching halt for five teenagers. On that fateful night, five Harlem teens were arrested and subsequently charged with raping and brutalizing a female jogger in Central Park. Not until 2002 would all five be free from prison, after serving a combined total of 44 years for a crime, the world would see, they never committed.

As the Central Park Five were hauled off to prison, another young man would go on to rape at least four more women, killing one pregnant mother in front of her children. Matias Reyes was 17 years old in 1989 but it would take him until 2001 before he would admit to raping and beating that jogger on April 19. He assumed she would die as more than 80% of her blood stained the ground of Central Park.

Following Matias Reyes' confession and DNA match in 2001, the Central Park Five's convictions were vacated. But by that time, they had grown into men, several of them completing their prison sentences. 

They each lost anywhere from 6 to 14 years of their freedom at the hands of the city and NYC has yet to offer any apology, let alone a monetary settlement. The group filed suit against the city in 2002. Eight years later, the city has failed to move on their case. Some are blaming "foot dragging city attorneys" for the hold up. What exactly is causing the stall-out isn't clear but something must be done.

New York State Senator Bill Perkins recently sponsored a bill asking for the recognition of the five men and compensation for their wrongful conviction. City Councilman Charles Barron attends rallies for the five and states "We should push Mayor Bloomberg" to take action. It's clear that Mayor Bloomberg and the attorneys for the City are quite content to allow the situation to stagnate. Let's show them that the country won't stand by and allow this injustice to continue. Take action by showing your support for the Central Park Five.

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    2. Demand Justice For the Wrongfully Convicted Central Park Five

      Te-Ping Chen
      Petition Organizer

      On April 19, 1989, the world came to an abrupt halt for five teenagers. On that night, five Harlem teens were arrested and subsequently charged with raping and brutalizing a female jogger in Central Park. Not until 2002 would all five be released...


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 3 years ago

      These injustices need to be remedied and the third term mayor isn't the man to do it.

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    • Jackson Bass MAKANDA, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Proof that police are idiots. Thats right cops you are all slaves...

    • Kathy Jo Kramer BENTLEYVILLE, PA
      • about 3 years ago

      Remember how sure we are were that these kids committed this crime given their testimony was coerced by over-zealous prosecutors more concerned with their careers than justice? It's time for us all to apologize in a very real way. These petitions are starting to depress me. So much is wrong with the world and people won't even click an f'n link to take a stand. America will fall to apathy and it's really hard to watch.

    • Wanda Williams HOBOKEN, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      i have always believed that the central park five were innocent. the courts are filled with demons that like to see black folks suffer for their amusement and entertainment, even when they see the truth before them. now it's time to stop this wickedness and let these five young men get compensated for their pain and suffering today and not later on. what in the hell is wrong with this country, supposedly founded on the rights that all men are created equally? the same thing happened with the scottsboro boys in alabama (the racist south). there has been so many other cases in history similar to this that are not mentioned in the history books, for it will surely make the american judicial system look stupid.

    • cheryl monroe REDLANDS,, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I remember this case. Mr. Matias Reyes confessed, but, and here we go again, the prosecution would listen. They would have had to admit they got the wrong people, even though Mr. Reyes confessed and his DNA was recovered. This is just one more time, probably out of untold numbers, of prosecutors not wanting to look bad.


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