The Central Park Five
, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, were convicted of a crime they did not commit after a massive campaign against them, including Donald Trump taking out a full-page ad calling for them to be put to death. Their case fit into a much larger pattern
of groups of Black or brown teens and youth being convicted of crimes against white victims for which they were later acquitted, including the 1931 case of the Scottsboro Boys
, the Trenton Six
in 1948, and the late 1960s case involving the Harlem Six
. And all of this was condemned by Republican party leaders and right-wing media, who painted these kids as "thugs," only to later call Rittenhouse a victim of circumstance.