'Central Park Five' prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer has been forced to resign from Columbia Law School following backlash from Ava DuVernay's miniseries, 'When They See Us.'
Lederer worked alongside Linda Fairstein to take down the innocent Black boys during the high profile case, and the public has been calling her for to step down.
"I’ve enjoyed my years teaching at CLS, and the opportunity it has given me to interact with the many fine students who elected to take my classes," she said in a statement shared by Columbia Law School Dean Law Gillian Lester. "However, given the nature of the recent publicity generated by the Netflix portrayal of the Central Park case, it is best for me not to renew my teaching application."
'When They See Us' tells the story of Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Kevin Richardson. The five teenagers were wrongly convicted of assault and rape and spent between six and 13 years in prison before DNA tests proved their innocence. They were exonerated in 2002.