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Lots Of Viewers Had To Take A Break During 'When They See Us' Because It Was Too Gut Wrenching + Central Park 5 Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Gets Dragged

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Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us" was too much for many to handle causing many to turn it off - temporarily - because it was too raw, emotional and gut-wrenching. But it's oh so necessary. 

 

Also, the Central Park 5 prosecutor, Linda Fairstein, is getting rightfully dragged online for her role in putting five innocent teens behind bars. More inside...

Ava DuVernay's miniseries "When They See Us" just premiered on Netflix and it's too much for viewers to handle.

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The Netflix miniseries tells the story of a group of Black and Latino teenage boys who were wrongfully convicted of a brutal rape in Central Park. They became known as the Central Park Five. Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson, ages 14 to 16, were wrongfully accused of raping and nearly beating to death a white female jogger named Trisha Meili, who was a 28-year-old banker, on the night of April 19, 1989.

It became one of NYC's most notorious cases. Donald Trump - who was a real estate developer at the time - paid an estimated $85,000 to post an ad in local newspapers calling for the death penalty to be reinstated. That ad played a key role in shaping the public's opinion about the case.

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The Central Park 5 spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before the real perpetrator, Matias Reyes, came out and confessed he was the one who assaulted the female jogger.

All of their convictions were overturned and New York City reached a settlement for $41 million. Santana, Salaam, McCray, and Richardson each received $7.1 million from the city for their years in prison, while Wise received $12.2 million for his time in prison.

Korey Wise's story hits harder being that he was taken into custody when his name wasn't even on the list detectives had when they were rounding up potential suspects following the brutal attack. Wise didn't fit the description either. He only went down to the precinct to support his friend Yusef, who's name was on the list. Wise was 16 and the oldest out of the bunch, so when they were convicted, he was sent to adult prison while the others went to juvenile detention centers.

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During press interviews, Ava said she wanted to humanize the boys and share what they went through from their perspective to the world.

 

 

And that's exactly what she did. In fact, she did it so well, people could barely stand it.

Viewers have been sounding off on social media, saying they had to turn the series off due to it being too emotional to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some viewers were able to watch the entire thing, but after watching they were left fuming:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viewers are also dragging the Central Park 5 prosecutor Linda Fairstein, and rightfully so. She went after the five teenage boys with ZERO evidence tying the teens to the jogger's attacker and to this day she still believes their confessions are legitimate, despite the fact detectives spoke with the teens when their parents were not present, which is illegal.

In 2018, after New York City released thousands of pages of case documents supporting the decision to vacate the convictions, Fairstein wrote an op-ed in the New York Law Journal defending the initial convictions and saying the confessions weren’t coerced.

Oh, and get this, she's also the same woman who helped Harvey Weinstein get out of a sexual assault charge in 2015.

In the series, Fairstein is played by “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman. She recently pleaded guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in the scandal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmph.

"When They See Us" is currently streaming on Netflix, but be sure you're mentally prepared to watch because it's triggering and intense.

You can catch a behind-the-scenes look at the series HERE. 

 

Photos: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

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