Central Park Five Film Discussion

View the film “The Central Park 5” by Ken Burns, which is available for streaming through Sprague Library. I will send you my login details. Discuss the following three questions (350-500 words total)

1. What methods and tactics did the police use to obtain confessions? Do you think the police approach was ethical? Why do you think the teenaged suspects falsely confessed to the crime?

2. Discuss the terms  used by the media to characterize the suspects, the victim and the crime. What impact do you think the media had on the prosecution of the case?

3. Do you think race played a role in this case and, if so, how? How did the circumstance of a white woman allegedly attacked by black and Hispanic teenagers relate to the existing fears and prejudices of New Yorkers at the time?