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King Center calls Netflix miniseries 'When They See Us' a tragic reminder of broken justice system

Many viewers are now turning their attention to ex-prosecutor Linda Fairstein for her negligence in the case.

ATLANTA — Netflix dropped its new series "When They See Us,” profiling the case of five Harlem teens falsely convicted of brutally assaulting and raping a Central Park jogger in 1989 on Friday.

The teens, dubbed “The Central Park 5", spent between seven and 13 years behind bars before they were fully exonerated when a convicted murderer and rapist confessed to the crime.

The show details how the incident affected the lives of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wises for 25 years.

"When They See Us" was created by Ava DuVernay, who also co-wrote and directed the four parts. 

Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced the limited series alongside DuVernay through her banner, Array FilmWorks. 

In addition to DuVernay, Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, Michael Starrbury and Julian Breece also served as writers on the limited series.

In light of the attention the case has received, many viewers are now turning their attention to ex-prosecutor Linda Fairstein for her alleged negligence in the case.

Many have now launched the hashtag #CancelLindaFairstein, calling to boycott her various best-selling novels.

Since the hashtag has emerged, all of Fairstein's social media accounts have gone dark. 

The King Center tweeted about the series saying, “When you watch 'When They See Us', know that it is not a history lesson. It is a deeply tragic, masterful reminder that the criminal justice system has long dehumanized and devastated black and brown people. Love to the exonerated five."


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