Yusef Salamone of the acquitted Central Park FiveHe kept it short and sweet when responding to the former president donald trump‘s indictment on Thursday, offering a poignant word on the situation.
“For those asking for my statement on the charges against Donald Trump – who has never apologized for calling for my execution – here it is: karma,” Salaam tweeted upon learning of Trump’s 34-count indictment.
Central Park Five: A brief overview of the case in which five innocent black men were wrongfully imprisoned
In 1989, Salaam was wrongly imprisoned along with four other black teenagers for the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park.
Salaam served nearly seven years in prison before he and the other four were exonerated in 2002.
However, Trump ran full-page newspaper ads urging politicians in New York to reintroduce the death penalty.
None of the five teenagers had been brought to justice at the time the defamatory allegations were made.
For those asking for my statement on the charges against Donald Trump — who never apologized for calling for my execution — here it is:
— Joseph Abdussalaam (@dr_yusefsalaam) March 30
At the time, Trump had placed newspaper ads calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New York
Finally, while those close to the situation said Trump’s ads did not specifically call for the death penalty for the five black teenagers, they played an important role in obtaining a conviction against them.
When asked about apologizing to the boys in 2019, Trump claimed, “You have people on both sides. They have admitted their guilt.” HuffPost.
On Thursday, Salaam, who recently announced his candidacy for New York City Council, said Trump never “apologized for calling for my execution.”
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All five boys, Salaam, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson are now criminal justice activists.
They added that they were forced by the police to confess to the crime even though they did not commit it.
I was a young man when the Central Park 5 were convicted, not much older than the five young men wrongly convicted of the heinous assault on a jogger.
Trump ran a full-page ad in four newspapers declaring that these boys should receive the death penalty.
They were… pic.twitter.com/lAZLxBdjHV
— BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) March 31, 2023
“During the hours of relentless interrogation we all endured, detectives repeatedly lied to us,” Salaam, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana wrote in a 2019 op-ed for The New York Times, describing themselves as “frightened boys” at the time.
Trump indicted Thursday on 34 counts over alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels in 2016
The article continues: “They said they matched our fingerprints with traces from the crime scene and told each of us that the others had confessed and implicated us in the attack. They said that if we only admitted taking part in the attack, we could go home. All of these were blatant lies.”
The shadow room reported that Trump was indicted Thursday by a Manhattan grand jury on 34 counts for making $130,000 in hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 election.
The funds were paid to Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair between her and Trump a decade earlier.