Based on a true story of Central Park Jogger’s case in New York, this was a miniseries streamed on Netflix.
In April 1989, a group of young African American / Hispanic Americans were running amok destroying property and harassing, robbing and beating up joggers and others in and around Central Park, New York. A young (white) woman who was jogging was found around midnight – sexually assaulted and severally beaten up almost to death. This led to the immediate arrest of juvenile boys of colour. The boys were swiftly convicted and imprisoned from 5 years to 15 years. They were forced to confess to the crime. This led to widespread outrage as a blatant case of racial discrimination. In jail one of the convicted boys encountered another prison inmate Matias Reyes, a serial rapist and murderer. It was in 2002 that he when met Reyes again, that Reyes decided to confess. Out of jail when the Jogger’s Park incident occurred, Reyes was the sole perpetrator of the assault and rape on the woman jogger. He took advantage of the group roaming around the park and committed the crime. His chance encounters with one of the convicted boys made him feel guilty and confess. As a result, the conviction / imprisonment of the five young men were vacated. In 2003, they file a case against New York and were awarded millions of dollars in settlement.
A hard-hitting miniseries which received critical acclaim and several prestigious awards.