The Grio - June 13, 2019
“The lives of these five boys were forever changed as a result of Lederer’s conduct,” the letter reads. “During the investigation, Lederer and her colleagues used harmful, racist tactics, including physical abuse and coercion, to force confessions from the five minors. The case they built was founded on false information and an overwhelming lack of physical evidence.”
Elizabeth Lederer, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted the “Central Park Five,” whose convictions were ultimately overturned, has resigned from her post as a professor at Columbia Law School on Wednesday after protests erupted calling for her removal.
Lederer is feeling the wrath after the airing of Ava DuVernay’s explosive “When They See Us” series, which gave a raw fictionalized view of her role in convicting five young Black men who were accused and then acquitted of raping a Central Park jogger.
Lederer worked as a part-time law professor when the Black Law Students Association assembled on Tuesday and called for her to quit, calling her “racist” and demanded that the school fire her.
“The mini-series has reignited a painful—and vital—national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice. I am deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that furthers this important and ongoing dialogue, one that draws upon the lived experiences of all members of our community and actively confronts the most difficult issues of our time,” Dean Gillian Lester told Bloomberg News. ...
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