Central Park Jogger Case
On the night of April 19, 1989 several people were attacked in central Park, New York City, with Trisha Meili being the most well-known one. She was a white woman who was assaulted and raped while jogging in Central Park and left for dead. She subsequently spent 12 days in a coma and remained several months in the hospital.
When reports of the attack came in that night the police arrested five young black and brown boys from Harlem; Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, all aged between fourteen and sixteen. After hours of interrogating, four out of five boys confessed to taking part in the attack. The fact that five boys of color were the suspects in the assault of a white woman villainized them before the case was even taken to court.