Los Angeles — Michael B. Jordan told the men known as the Central Park Five Friday that he cannot watch footage of the new series "When They See Us" without getting emotional and feeling like as a young black man he too could have faced a similar ordeal.
"It's dangerous in America when you're living in a black body," Jordan said.
Jordan praised the men — Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — for their perseverance and courage during a luncheon in which the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California honored Netflix's series about their case.
"The whole time that these men were incarcerated, they never changed their story," he said. "They insisted of their innocence even as they did their time."
Salaam cried as he accepted an award on behalf of series creator Ava DuVernay.