Rev. Al Sharpton Urges Comptroller To Approve $40-Million Settlement For ‘Central Park Five’
NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A rally was held on Saturday, in support of five men who were wrongfully convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case.
Teenagers at the time, the men were charged with the rape of a 28-year-old woman.
The convictions were overturned in 2002 after DNA evidence was linked to a serial rapist who admitted to the attack.
The five have agreed to a settlement of nearly $40-million. On Saturday, Reverend Al Sharpton urged the New York City Comptroller to sign off on the settlement.
“It is indescribable to do time. It’s worse to do it for something you know you didn’t do,” he said.
The Comptroller’s Office said that it planned to review the settlement.
“The Comptroller’s Office has received the proposed settlement between the City and the Central Park Five. As with all proposed settlements, under our Charter-mandated authority, we will do our due diligence and proved feedback to ensure that any settlement we approve is in the best interests of the City,” Press Secretary, Eric Sumberg said.
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