If you haven't seen Netflix's mini-series 'When They See Us,' please do yourself a favor and watch it when you get a chance. I feel that this is the kind of show everyone should watch, just to see how sick people can be to rob children of their childhood.
'When They See Us,' tells the story of the Exonerated 5 - 5 young black men who were convicted for a rape they didn't commit. You're going to be pissed off the throughout the series, these kids weren't given a fair chance at all and they didn't even do ANYTHING wrong! Not only was their childhood robbed but their life was, the emotional stress and hardships they had to go through can never be given back.
I came across the actual coerced confession from Korey Wise and it broke my heart. Watch the confession above.
"The reason Korey's statement is so long is due to the fact that it was done in two parts, as allegedly he approached the investigator saying he wanted to change his original story...
On the night of April 19, 1989, in Central Park, NY, a jogger was brutally raped and beaten. The teens were interrogated for hours before they made these statements. The attack took place on Apr. 19 and the video confessions were recorded on Apr. 21.
In 1990 all five were convicted and received sentences ranging from 5 to 13 years. During trial the DA relied heavily on their video confessions.
They all later retracted their statements, saying they were coerced. In 2002, all five moved to vacate their convictions on the grounds of newly discovered evidence: specifically, a confession by convicted rapist and murderer, Matias Reyes, who Korey Wise met in prison. Reyes' DNA was a positive match to semen found at the original crime scene. The motions to vacate were granted. In 2012 a documentary was made called "The Central Park Five" by Sarah Burns."