Salaam spent just about seven years in jail after he and 4 different Black and brown teenagers had been wrongfully convicted in a 1989 rape case involving a white lady in Central Park.
Earlier than the teenagers’ trial, Trump paid for full-page newspaper commercials that known as to convey again the demise penalty for “criminals of all ages” in keeping with the case.
Trump’s name “used to be the hearth starter” towards a shift in public opinion previous to the teenagers’ wrongful convictions, Salaam previously said. Salaam and the opposite 4 had been exonerated in 2002.
“Whilst you pay attention such things as that, it nearly makes you imagine that we’re dwelling in the similar truth and the reality of the topic is that we don’t seem to be dwelling in the similar truth,” mentioned Salaam. “For any individual to mention that if they might do it to Trump, they might do it to any person — they do it to Black and brown other people at all times.”
“It’s a travesty of justice and the reality of the topic is that we want the felony device to paintings and I’m excited to look what’s going to occur on Tuesday,” Salaam mentioned, relating to Trump’s arraignment.