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Netflix series 'hard to watch' for local man wrongfully convicted of murder

'When They See Us' vividly portrays the story of "The Central Park 5"

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A popular Netflix mini-series is bringing new light to wrongful convictions.

'When They See Us’ follows the story of the “Central Park 5”, a group of boys convicted of raping a jogger in New York City back in 1989.

Thirteen years later they were cleared of all wrong doing.

“It was very hard to watch, even though I’ve been through a similar situation, it was hard to watch,” explains Laurese Glover , who was wrongfully convicted in a 1995 shooting death.

“Seeing the different things that they had went through and then to see the conduct of the police and prosecutors it had me so upset while I was watching it.”

Glover, Eugene Johnson and Derrick Wheat are part of the “East Cleveland 3,” who spent 20 years behind bars after being wrongfully imprisoned for murder.

The city and police officers have denied wrongdoing.

The trio maintained their innocence.

“And that was the hardest part about the whole thing because being in there you have to see the parole board and they want you to admit guilt,” says Glover.

“In they eyes that’s you taking responsibility for your actions and I wasn’t willing to do that.”

Glover often speaks on behalf of the Innocence Project to spread awareness, which he hopes this series does as well.

“That movie is powerful and hopefully it can make a difference,” he says. 

“I wouldn’t want to see this happen to my worst enemy.”

Their stories and others are being told through ‘Blind Justice’, a sold out opera premiering this July in Cincinnati.

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