Carnival barker Donald Trump is blasting the settlement reached with the Central Park Five, the men wrongly imprisoned for the rape of a Central Park jogger, calling it the “heist of the century.” In other words, he has no qualms about these men sitting behind bars for the rest of their lives for crimes they didn’t commit. This is the man who has presidential aspirations and claims he has a good relationship with “the blacks.” The fact that they were singled out and arrested speaks to racial profiling. Plain and simple. The New York City Police Department is known for its many incidents of racial profiling and police brutality.
In an exclusive piece for the Daily News, Trump quoted an unnamed detective who called the $40 million settlement the city has agreed to pay the wrongfully convicted quintet “the heist of the century.”
“The recipients must be laughing out loud at the stupidity of the city,” Trump, who is worth about $4 billion, wrote. “Speak to the detectives on the case and try listening to the facts. These young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels.”
Trump, who fanned the racial fury against the five black and Latino teens a quarter century ago with full-page ads demanding the death penalty, also expressed no remorse for his actions.
Instead, Trump wrote, “The justice system has a lot to answer for, as does the City of New York regarding this very mishandled disaster.”
“As citizens and taxpayers, we deserve better than this.”
Contrast Trump’s bluster with the words of Matias Reyes, the violent felon who confessed to raping and nearly killing the Central Park jogger.
Reyes expressed remorse Friday for the brutal attack — and for the five innocent teenagers who did time for his heinous crime.“I am ashamed of what I did,” Reyes told The News in a prison interview. “Every day I have to live with what I did to her.”“Those boys didn’t do it,” Reyes said at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, N.Y.
Um, as usual, the sources Trump cites are unnamed, which means he is just bloviating. Trying to come across as important. I might also add investigators found no DNA on the victim, identified as Trisha Meili, belonging to Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana and Antron McCray, the five men who were accused of the heinous a crime. So, Trump, the leader of the Republican Party seems to think these guys should just walk into the sunset and pretend that this was just a bump in the road. Never mind the many years taken from them. So much for the GOP minority outreach.
So, yes, I agree with Donald Trump in that the city has to answer to its residents. But the reasons are different. The justice system in New York City and across the country, has a lot to answer for. Questions such as why blacks and Latinos get longer and stiffer sentences for most crimes than whites and why there are many blacks in prisons for crimes they did not commit, need to be answered.. The justice system has to answer for why police officers racially profile black and Latinos and engage in police brutality. Donald Trump should be asking why nothing is being done to improve relations between the black community and the police department.