Man exonerated in Central Park jogger case speaks at forum in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- The Central Park jogger case received national attention when a white woman jogger was sexually and brutally assaulted in Central Park decades ago.

Five young men were forced to confess to the crime and years later, they were exonerated.

Saturday, one of the exonerated five made a stop in Memphis.  Raymond Santana spoke to dozens of people at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

Santana joined a panel with representatives from Just City and Rhodes College to talk about the inequalities of the criminal justice system.

“Not only to get expungements. If they’re possibly proven to be those who didn’t commit the crime they can be exonerated and get their lives back. So i think it’s so very important as in Memphis as in anywhere in the country  we are making sure we have a justice system that is equitable regardless of race,” said Reverend J. Lawrence Turner of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

In 2003, the five men sued the City of New York and the state of New York for additional damages.  The case was settled in 2016.

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