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'When They See Us' makes a powerful case to be seen

(CNN)The miscarriage of justice that surrounded the Central Park Five should by now be well known, but the details of the case, as reenacted, provide the inherent power of "When They See Us," a Netflix miniseries that's strongest at the beginning and end and sags somewhat in the middle.Directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay, the opening chapter is a textbook on police and prosecutorial abuse, as the New York authorities bullied terrified and confused teenagers of color into "confessions" that amounted to pointing fingers at others under intense duress.The crime in question was the rape and brutal beating of a jogger in Central Park, with police rounding up the teens in their zeal to close the case. "These are not kids," prosecutor Linda F ...
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