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Members of 'Central Park Five' Call on City to Settle Civil Lawsuit

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Demonstrators call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep his promise to finally put an end to the “Central Park Five” saga.

Some members of the “Central Park Five” joined supporters and a handful of politicians on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday demanding the city reach a settlement with the men.

The men were wrongfully convicted in the notorious "Central Park jogger" rape case in 1989. They filed suit against the city after the conviction was overturned in 2002.

The real rapist confessed.

The men's lawyers accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of sweeping the lawsuit under the rug.

In December, de Blasio said he would settle the case when he appointed the city's new Corporation Counsel.

A lawyer for the men says all that's left is settling with the city on the dollar amount.

The men themselves say the $250 million lawsuit isn't just about the money, it's about accountability.

"Where's our justice? We have seen five mayors now. Where's our justice? When is the time to finally close this case? This is what we're waiting on. We're not here to speak about money. We're here to speak about closure. We're here to speak about healing,” said Raymond Santana, one of the “Central Park Five.”

"We were the ones when we went in we were hoodwinked, tricked, led astray. But never again,” said Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five.”

De Blasio walked into City Hall just as the rally was ending but he didn't speak to reporters or demonstrators.

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