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The Prosecutor In The Central Park Five Case Says ‘When They See Us’ Is The Most Unfair Thing To Happen And LOL

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If you have yet to see the Netflix series “When They See Us” stop reading and go watch it asap.

That said, by now we’re sure that you are at least somewhat familiar with the case of the Central Park Five about the five Black and Latino young men that were wrongly accused of raping a woman in Manhattan in 2019. While the boys were between the ages of 15 and 16 when they were pressured to confess to the crime, which resulted in their imprisonment for years until they got exonerated as adults. The city awarded them millions of dollars for their illegal sentence.

While all of that information is on record, one of the main culprits of the case is not happy with her portrayal as the villain of the film.

Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor that convicted the five young men, said Ava DuVernay showed a work of fiction in her Netflix film “When They See Us.”

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Fairstein, who was played by Felicity Huffman (who coincidently committed crimes to get her daughter into college), wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal and said that DuVernay lied in her portrayal of the case and of her.

“Ms. DuVernay’s film attempts to portray me as an overzealous prosecutor and a bigot, the police as incompetent or worse, and the five suspects as innocent of all charges against them. None of this is true,” she wrote.

She went on to say that despite the charges dropped against the men, she knows they were involved in crimes the night of the 1989 rape.

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“There were more than 30 rioters, and the woman known as the ‘Central Park jogger,’ Trisha Meili, was not their only victim. Eight others were attacked, including two men who were beaten so savagely that they required hospitalization for head injuries.”

She also said that even though Matias Reyes confessed to the crime, and the DNA supported that, Fairstein noted all of the charges against them should not have been dropped.

“I agreed with that decision, and still do. But the other charges, for crimes against other victims, should not have been vacated.”

People on social media let her have it by saying she’s been lying about this case since day one.

So true!

DuVernay made a film with facts only.

But the one liar is saying someone else lied? Make so much sense.

Claiming to be a victim when you ruined the life of others is truly reaching.

This lady has so much nerve.

DuVernay did so many of us a favor by informing us about what happened so many years ago.

Fairstein has been living her life, writing books, speaking all over the country and now she’s mad because of this movie.

At least Fairstein is inspiring others to fight for real justice.

Other lives will be saved because of her mistakes.

Now, the prosecutor is finally getting what she deserves.

What’s next?!

DuVernay did have the last word on the matter and told Oprah how she feels about Fairstein.

“I think that it’s important that people be held accountable,” DuVernay told Oprah on June 10. “And that accountability is happening in a way today that it did not happen for the real men 30 years ago. But I think that it would be a tragedy if this story and the telling of it came down to one woman being punished for what she did because it’s not about her. It’s not all about her. She is part of a system that’s not broken, it was built to be this way. It was built to oppress, it was built to control, it was built to shape our culture in a specific way that kept some people here and some people here. It was built for profit. It was built for political gain and power.” It sure was.

Mexican Children As Young At 6 Are Training To Be Child Soldiers Against The Growing Violence At The Hands Of Cartels

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Mexican Children As Young At 6 Are Training To Be Child Soldiers Against The Growing Violence At The Hands Of Cartels

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Mexico has long been battling a drug war against a sprawling network of powerful cartels. However, in many parts of the country, the government isn’t focused on helping end the violence.

Most federal forces and national guard troops are sent to protect major cities or tourist destinations – think Acapulco, Cancun, or Mexico City.

This lack of protection is leading many across the country to come up with their own ways to defend themselves.

In the midst of a cartel war zone, children as young as six are taking up arms to fight back against growing cartels.

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The Mexican Drug War started over a decade ago but with each passing year, it becomes more violent, despite promises from the new president to begin winding it down. The first three months of 2019 were the deadliest yet – with nearly 9,000 murders across the country.

Guerrero, a state that is home to the tourist resort of Acapulco and just south of the capital of Mexico City, is particularly deadly. It often tops the list of most deadly states in the country and is actually designated a ‘no-go zone’ by the US State Department.

It’s here in the Nahua village of Rincòn de Chautla where children as young as six are being trained to fight back against the cartels.

They march, train, and carry fake rifles made of tree branches while their instructor is armed with a real gun.

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In a recent report, The Daily Beast spoke to several of these child soldiers. One six-year-old, Jeremías Ramìrez, said: “We’re practicing to defend our town, so los sicarios won’t be able to kill us.”

Angélica Flores, 12, when said: “If they come, we’ll be ready for them.” She wants her village to have “peace, justice, and to keep out the criminals.”

Both children are members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC). Under Mexican law, indigenous peoples have traditionally been allowed to form policías comunitarias (community police) groups like CRAC.

As cartel violence has surged in recent years, these comunitarios, as they’re commonly called, are often the only protection available against ruthless and predatory cartels. Rincón de Chautla and the surrounding pueblos – all of which sit on an important shipping corridor for drugs and other contraband – are no exception.

In just the past month, seven villagers have been murdered or abducted.

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There have been seven Nahua murdered or abducted in the last month alone, five of whom were high-ranking members of the CRAC.

Two of these were dismembered by the Ardillos Cartel and left in trash bags at the side of the road running into Chilapa city in late May. The most recent victim, a retired community policeman named Eugenio Máximo, was dumped just outside of Rincón de Chautla on June 2nd.

The Nahua people can’t trust anyone but themselves for defense.

The communities of these rugged mountains say they are powerless without their own forces. They can’t rely on the soldiers or the police as they know they’re working with Los Ardillos.

One villager told The Daily Beast, “Once we’re dead our children must know how to defend themselves. The government is never going to save them.”

Even human rights organizations see few other options for the people of Rincòn de Chautla. “These communities are desperate,” one organization leader told The Daily Beast, “and there’s no one to turn to for help.”

But all-female brigade commander Rodrìguez has an even simpler answer for CRAC’s critics.“If those in the government don’t like women and niños training,” she says, “then let them do their job and protect us.”

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