Central Park Five Netflix series ‘When They See Us’ premieres at the Apollo

HARLEM, Manhattan — The world premiere of “When They See Us,” a series that traces what happened to the so-called “Central Park Five,” took place at the famed Apollo Theater Monday night.

Five teenagers were convicted of the rape of a female jogger in April, 1989. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Raymond Santanta, Jr. and Yusef Salaam long maintained their innocence and said their confessions were coerced. Nonetheless, the five were each sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison. Twelve years later, another man, Mattias Reyes, confessed to the crime. His DNA was also found on the victim. The jogger, Trisha Melli, has said she does not remember the attack.

Raymond Santana, Jr. sough out acclaimed director, Ava Duvernay, to make the series.

“I watched Selma and in watching that story it told me she wasn’t afraid to tell the truth,” Santana said. “She was the one to tell this…

Original published: 2019-05-20 23:06:06 Read the full New York City News here

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