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A lesson from Central Park rape case: Police interrogations should be videotaped

There is a simple solution to avoiding the massive injustice that was perpetrated against the five wrongfully convicted men in “the Central Park jogger” case (“In infamous NY case, lessons for cities, police, media today,” Editorial, Dec. 28). Police should be required to videotape interrogations of suspects from beginning to end.

In the Central Park case, the police only videotaped the so-called confessions and not the many hours of interrogation that preceded them. If the police had videotaped the entire interrogation, the judge and jury would have had a documented record to assess the claims of the accused that their confessions were false and the result of coercive police tactics.

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