Criminal justice reform advocate Korey Wise visits Fort Wayne

Korey Wise of the Central Park 5 came to Fort Wayne to encourage kids in the community Sunday.

Posted: Aug 11, 2019 9:00 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2019 9:02 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Korey Wise of the Central Park 5 came to Fort Wayne to encourage kids in the community Sunday.

Wise is one of the exonerated five teens accused of raping a woman in Central Park back in 1989.

Netflix put out a docu series called "When They See Us" in which his story is told.

He sat down for a one on one interview at Greater Progressive Baptist Church Sunday morning as part of their youth day service.

"I wanted to be among the people so I could fellowship with them," Wise said.

"I wanted him to come to share his experience. We've seen the TV series. Being able to touch him and feel him, being able to know he is a real person, and that this did happen and that it could happen to any one of us at any given time," Pastor Anthony Pettus said.

Wise also advocates for the rights of the wrongly convicted as well as criminal justice reform.

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