Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, was recently released on the streaming platform and is already drawing strong reactions from viewers.
The four part series paints a picture of the lives of five young teenagers who were convicted of a sexual attack that they were later exonerated for.
The series gives viewers a look at what the teenagers faced when trying to prove their innocence. From prosecutorial misconduct, being profiled racially by police, to media bias, and an assault on their presumed innocence during the case by now President Donald Trump–the group of young black kids from Harlem virtually had no chance.
In the first part of the series, we see supervisory prosecutor Linda Fairstein–played by Felicity Huffman of all people–pushing for the unjust conviction of the five black boys despite the lack of evidence against them.
It seems that Fairstein’s antics have finally come back to bite her, as viewers are disgusted with the total lack of humanity the young boys were shown.
@LindaFairstein Have you watched #WhenTheySeeUs ? Care to elaborate why you created a false narrative and forced teenage children to confess to crimes they didn’t commit? Why did you try to cover it up when you were presented with facts that someone else did it? 🤔🤔🤔— Iz (@IzSoFresh) June 1, 2019
I feel comfortable in knowing that you don’t work in the force anymore. What you did in 1989 to these boys is abhorent and should be shown to the world. Shout out to Netflix for coming out with that new movie!— Adrian Sanchez (@Nesplayer23) June 1, 2019
You are a monster. You should reevaluate your life, apologize, and work to help the men whose youth was stolen from them.— joanna schroeder (@iproposethis) June 2, 2019
@LindaFairstein there is no question that you belong behind bars for your malicious role in prosecuting five HUMAN BEINGS you KNEW weren’t guilty of the crimes for which they were accused…the things that Korey Wise endured as a result of your actions…criminal!!!— Lance Payton (@LancePayton) June 1, 2019
So far, there have been no public statements made by Fairstein since the release of the mini-series. It seems unlikely that she’ll be remorseful for her role in the Central Park Five case as she recently defended her actions by accusing the boys (who were exonerated of all charges) of beating up people in the park that fateful night.
In **2018, after NYC released 1000s of pages of case docs supporting the decision to vacate the convictions, @lindaFairstein wrote an op-ed in the NY Law Journal defending the initial convictions & saying the confessions weren’t coerced. #WhenTheySeeUs https://t.co/LwJSOwPPO6— April (@ReignOfApril) June 1, 2019
We’ll keep you updated as this story further develops.
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