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Skya Rhen

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Wed Feb 12, 2020, 01:11 PM Feb 2020

Michael Bloomberg's position on the Central Park Five controversy. [View all]

A reporter from CBS questioned Bloomberg about his opinion and praise of city prosecutors and the NYPD “acted in good faith” and whether or not he feels differently now that Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise have since become “The Exonerated Five.”

“I really have no idea,” Bloomberg said. “I’ve read in the paper, I’ve been away from government for a long time. So apparently, the courts have ruled that they did not commit it, commit a crime, and that’s the final word and we just have to accept that. It isn’t a question of what anybody believes.”

After being further pressed on the issue, Bloomberg continued, “There was an awful lot of evidence presented at that time that they were involved. There’s been questions since then about the quality of that evidence. And so it’s, I’ve been away from it for so long, I just really can’t respond because I just don’t remember.” He then concluded, “There’s been plenty written about it and I suggest you go and read some of that. Next question...”

As reported by CBS:

All five men had their convictions vacated in 2002. During the Bloomberg administration, they filed a civil rights lawsuit against New York City, alleging malicious prosecution, racial discrimination and emotional distress. The Bloomberg administration spent nearly $6 million fighting the case over a decade, arguing that the authorities at the time had good cause and acted in good faith.

In 2014, less than a year after Bloomberg left office, New York City and the Central Park Five agreed to a $41 million settlement. Under the terms of the agreement, the city continued to maintain there was no wrongdoing by police or prosecutors in the case.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden
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Thanks for the post, Skya Rhen Tiggeroshii Feb 2020 #1
"Acted in good faith" redqueen Feb 2020 #2
His answer seems pretty appropriate for a public official. BusyBeingBest Feb 2020 #3
Since we know it's bullshit Cuthbert Allgood Feb 2020 #5
Well, as I'm not well-versed in the court case, I'm inclined to agree with you. BusyBeingBest Feb 2020 #9
This message was self-deleted by its author Squinch Feb 2020 #13
By choice... Skya Rhen Feb 2020 #7
+1. And Bloomberg has never addressed why he refused to pay restitution Docreed2003 Feb 2020 #15
omfg, why is Mike running for prez in the democratic party ?! uponit7771 Feb 2020 #21
For the same reason customerserviceguy Feb 2020 #28
No it does NOT ... he's at best tone deaf and looking pretty antagonistic against blacks uponit7771 Feb 2020 #19
He knows better. Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2020 #20
Disgusting cherryinpa Feb 2020 #4
Exactly customerserviceguy Feb 2020 #29
Ouch. Very bad look for Bloomberg. bluewater Feb 2020 #6
But he's rich and we should swoon over him because only he can fix it. Skya Rhen Feb 2020 #8
Skya, I would choose Biden over Bloomberg any day of the week. bluewater Feb 2020 #12
One of many bad looks for stop and frisk Mike. n/t totodeinhere Feb 2020 #26
As a life long Democrat, a liberal Jew from NYC, a progressive from a union family - the idea that Nanjeanne Feb 2020 #10
It really is one of the saddest things I've witnessed on DU, and that's saying something. Garrett78 Feb 2020 #16
I agree. I am very disappointed in the amount of support that Bloomberg seems to be getting totodeinhere Feb 2020 #27
omg, the media is hoisting another one on us ... just damn uponit7771 Feb 2020 #22
+1000 emmaverybo Feb 2020 #31
Wow. If he gets the nomination, I strongly recommend an African American running mate Clash City Rocker Feb 2020 #11
THIS !!!! uponit7771 Feb 2020 #18
SKya...I want Biden to be the nominee...but if Biden fails...and I think he still will win. But if Demsrule86 Feb 2020 #14
This message was self-deleted by its author denem Feb 2020 #30
FUCKIN WOW !!! Why is this guy running in the democratic party for president ?! He can donate uponit7771 Feb 2020 #17
The NYPD has a well-established tradition of extracting false confessions from minority youth BeyondGeography Feb 2020 #23
I probably won't like a Bloomberg presidency. BKDem Feb 2020 #24
Post removed Post removed Feb 2020 #25
He still believed they were guilty. He wanted to. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it is emmaverybo Feb 2020 #32
Twitter clip lunasun Feb 2020 #33
Nobody cares - not if he can beat trump. denem Feb 2020 #34
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