One of the Central Park 5 says that the 5 Brooklyn teens who were charges with gang rape should sue the NYPD, even though the charges were dropped.
“If I were in their situation, I definitely would,” said Raymond Santana, who was imprisoned at age 14 for a gang rape he didn’t commit. “These kids only got the tip of it, but their lives will still be very affected.”
Santana said that he was reminded of his own situation, in which he and four others were convicted of rape but were released after another man came forward and confessed, when he read about the 5 teens who were accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman who.
“The police were trying to put this case forward and rushed to judge,” he said. “It goes to show the trickery that (cops) still use today.”
While the charges against the 5 teens were dropped, Santana said that a lawsuit was the way to go, because the boys would be facing problems in their future from the high-profile case.
“This stigma will stay with them for the rest of their lives even though they got exonerated. At the end of the day, what’s the price of destroying a kid’s life?”