The Somerville 5 are young Black men ranging from 15 to 18 years old. These students at Somerville High School went out on the night of April 20, 2005, to enjoy a carnival in Medford, Mass. But the night turned into one of horror that changed their lives forever. They reported that they were beaten, arrested and psychologically traumatized by Medford police and then charged with assaulting the cops.
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