Trials & Error

The Bernhard Goetz Case

January 23, 2014

More than 20 years before anyone had heard of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, a subway car shooting sparked a nationwide debate about race, crime and vigilante justice.
Bernhard Goetz shot and wounded four unarmed African-American teenagers whom he claimed were trying to rob him. Was this a racist, unprovoked crime or a hero trying to defend himself?
Forum Director, Thane Rosenbaum, was joined by prosecutor, Gregory Waples, defense attorney, Barry Slotnick, juror, Mark Lesly, and media personality, Geraldo Rivera, to revisit the case that shook the city and the nation.