Excluded Central Park 5 member Youssef Salam responds to Trump accusations with full-page ad

Youssef Salam (2019) and Donald Trump (1989).

Youssef Salam (2019) and Donald Trump (1989). (Photo credit: Yahoo News; Photos: Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images, AP, Getty Images)

Yusef Salam, one of the five men acquitted in the Central Park Five case, posted a digital campaign ad against former President Donald Trump on social media, 30 years after Trump called for the teenager’s execution in a series of print ads.

Leading with the bold headline, “Restore justice and fairness. Build a bright future for Harlem!” Peace, who is running to represent Central Harlem on the New York City Council; He tweeted his response. Tuesday night for Trump’s historic impeachment on 34 charges and indictments.

After several decades and a sad and miserable presidency, we all know that Donald J. We know who Trump is – a man who wants to deny justice and fairness to others while claiming innocence for himself.

Yahoo News has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

Former President Trump, the first criminal indictment in history He pleaded not guilty. Up to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records when he appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s team of prosecutors has revamped what are typically classified as misdemeanors. Class E OffensesThe documents were allegedly intended to conceal state and federal election law violations and possibly evade state tax laws.

On April 30, 1989, Trump, then a bold and influential real estate investor, released a report. $85,000 worth of ads “Bring back the death penalty, bring back our police!” in four New York newspapers. In the case of the Central Park Five – Kevin Richardson, 14, Raymond Santana, 14, Antron McCray, 15, Corey Wise, 16, and Salam, 15 – were wrongfully accused of raping and assaulting a white female jogger in New York City’s Central Park.

“I want to hate these murderers and I always will. I’m not looking to analyze or understand their psychology, I’m looking to punish them.” Trump wrote in the ad.

After years in prison, the convictions of the five now “freed” defendants were vacated in 2002 following DNA evidence and a confession by a man named Matias Reyes.

Youssef Salam, Corey Wise, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray and Kevin Richardson stand in front of a wall labeled ACLU Southern California.

The Central Park Five – from left, Youssef Salam, Corey Wise, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray and Kevin Richardson – in Los Angeles in 2019. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Hello announcement A one-word description follows“Karma” was released by the campaign during Trump’s impeachment hearing last Thursday. In Tuesday’s response, Salam reflected on living with trauma caused by “systemic oppression imposed by injustice.”

“Being bullied as a teenager was a life-changing experience,” he wrote in the announcement. “But the problems our community faced a generation ago when my name was in the papers — inadequate housing, underfunded schools, public safety issues and a lack of good jobs — have gotten worse under Trump.

“Here’s my message to you, Mr. Trump: He responded to the federal and state criminal investigation you are facing by warning of ‘potential death and destruction’ and posting a photo of him holding a baseball bat. Next to Manhattan da Alvin Bragg photo,” the ad continued.

Former President Donald Trump appeared in court with members of his legal team as if he had resigned.

Former President Donald Trump appeared in court Tuesday with members of his legal team. (Curtis Means/Pool via Reuters)

“These actions, just like you did to the riots at the US Capitol on January 6th, are attacks on our security. Thirty-four years ago, your full-page ad declared, in all fairness: Civil liberties end when attacks on our security begin. You were wrong then and you are wrong now.

Salam wrote that he was hopeful and offered Trump some grace at the end of the announcement The former president will get The five rejected, “presumption of independence” and rightful conviction. If the former president is found guilty, Rider added.

“If the charges are proven and they are found guilty, I hope that the five men who were acquitted will bear the punishment with the strength and honor they have shown for a crime we did not commit,” he said.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct an error in an ad release from the Youssef Peace Campaign. The ad was released in digital format on social media and not in the New York Times newspaper.

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