As part of a day which saw the City of New York approve a $40 million civil rights settlement, on Friday evening "Anderson Cooper 360" welcomed two of the men who will benefit from the ruling.
But despite forthcoming funds, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam are still struggling to trust the notion that their days of being falsely tied to a 1989 beating and rape are over.
"I felt like someway, somehow the city was going to just pull this rug from under our feet, and say 'Oops. Sorry,'" said Santana, one of the members of the "Central Park Five," a group of youths wrongfully convicted and imprisoned a quarter century ago. "It still hasn't sunk in that this is finally over."
For Salaam, no ruling, settlement, or amount of money can repair reputations that remain forever ruined:
"There's an indelible scar that was placed on us, and that scar hasn't been removed just because we've come to this point."
Click the above video for more of Anderson Cooper's interview with two members of the infamous "Central Park Five," a group of minority teens ostracized by their community, and placed behind bars for a crime they didn't commit.
Just hours after a $40 million civil rights settlement was approved by the City of New York, on Friday Anderson Cooper welcomed Jonathan Moore, the attorney for three of the “Central Park Five,” as part a web exclusive interview.
In 1989, the five men were wrongfully convicted in the horrific beating and rape of a white female jogger in Central Park. Each served at least seven years in prison, with the lengthiest term reaching 13 years.
Watch the above web exclusive, as Cooper asks Moore to discuss the details of a case that put five minority teenagers behind bars, as well as the steps that led to their settlement.
A source tells CNN that New York City has agreed to pay $40 million to settle with five men who were wrongfully convicted for the 1989 beating and rape of a Central Park jogger. Susan Candiotti takes a look back at what led to the proposed settlement with NYC over the Central Park Five case.
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