Reconcile with the Central Park 5
  • Petitioned Linda Fairstein

This petition was delivered to:

Linda Fairstein, po box. #226. New York, NY 10021
Linda Fairstein

Reconcile with the Central Park 5

    1. Dave Keller
    2. Petition by

      Dave Keller

      Oakland, CA

"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. [Ms. Fairstein was central to this miscarriage of justice. Encourage her to reconcile with the men she wronged.]

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."

Linda Fairstein worked in the NY district attorney's office and was central to the prosecution of the boys. Her decisions to ignore critical, exonerating evidence was key to this miscarriage of justice. In addition, she has never apologized nor made any attempt to reconcile with the people wronged by her actions. Sign this petition and encourage Ms. Fairstein to make amends for her actions.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Ruth Idakula NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 7 months ago

      i used to be a fan of Ms Farstein. I discovered her during a layover in Boston. I enjoyed the new recent release so I checked out her earlier books. You can sense, since the protagonist is a sort of avatar, her racism. There were several times I wanted to put her books down. I just started doing research on the Central City Five and again, I learn I need to listen to my intuition.

    • jesper nygaard KøBENHAVN, DENMARK
      • 7 months ago

      Pay your debt

      • 7 months ago

      Because justice has not been served, not to the five young victims of this case nor to the prosecuting attorneys and officers involved. As far as I'm concerned they should all be held criminally liable for their actions.

    • Keenan Obayuwana PLYMOUTH, MN
      • 7 months ago

      Society cannot just gloss over obvious wrongs like these.

    • sally tallmon SAN ANGELO, TX
      • 8 months ago

      justice should be equal.For shame on her. Four other innocent victims died. We should not buy another book.


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