Crooked City

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For his entire tenure as Mayor of New York, Republican Michael Bloomberg refused to settle the Central Park Five case. 

The Central Park Five were youths convicted for a 1989 brutal rape/attempted murder of a jogger in Central Park in one of the first "wilding" incidents in a major city. One legal proceeding after another revealed these youths were offenders in the case and the investigation into the crimes and their prosecution was completely legitimate. 

Nevertheless, Sharpton and the wrongful conviction crowd, including the Innocence Project from New York, pressed on with their ludicrous claims of a police/prosecutor conspiracy and that DNA exonerated the youth. The DNA did not exonerate them. Bloomberg stood by the cops and prosecutors and would not settle. 

Things changed when De Blasio got elected. Just a few months into his administration, De Blasio wrote the youths a massive check, some $40 million dollars, imposing on New York the Democratic wrongful conviction conspiracy that had started 30 years ago in Chicago, one that painted the police department as a bunch of racist thugs, despite the fact that no evidence of police misconduct existed. On the contrary, police and prosecutors in the Central Park Five conducted a flawless, aggressive investigation to capture the offenders.

It didn't matter in the end. Like so many wrongful conviction cases in Chicago, offenders who participated in a brutal crime--a gang rape of a woman who was left in a coma and not expected to live--became millionaires. One wonders if this settlement was a basis for De Blasio getting elected, if it wasn't worked out beforehand.  

In any case, the settlement was a huge victory for Sharpton and the radical, anti-police activists that comprise the wrongful conviction movement, many of whom were violent terrorists or their supporters from the 1960s, like the Weather Underground. The settlement was a disturbing sign that the wrongful conviction scam that had taken shape in Chicago was now being successfully employed in other cities. 

One wonders if Sharpton would have had the resources and momentum to press on with his Ferguson and New York campaigns, more false vilification of the police, without this major swindle under his belt. Regardless, the Central Park Five settlement was corruption of the justice system on the magnitude of the Anthony Porter exoneration or the freeing of Madison Hobley for an arson that killed seven people. 

Yesterday's horrific murder of two police officers in New York City adds to the outrage surrounding De Blasio's selling out of the police, a selling out that began with the Central Park Five settlement.