Man held at rikers for 3 years WIHTOUT TRIAL commits suicide
- June 24, 2015
- Jeffrey D. Cohen
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MAN HELD AT RIKERS FOR 3 YEARS WITHOUT TRIAL COMMITS SUICIDE
Kalief Browder, who has attracted attention from celebrities like Jay-Z, Rosie O’Donnell, and Republican presidential nominee Rand Paul, died at age 22. Browder committed suicide on Saturday at his parents’ home in the Bronx.
He was held for nearly three years at Rikers Island, the infamous New York prison, without trial for allegedly stealing a backpack when he was 16 years old. A crime he continually stated he did not commit. Although prosecutors were urging him to take a plea deal, throughout the three years he insisted on his innocence. Ultimately, prosecutors dropped the charges and he was released in 2013.
The New Yorker magazine took up his case this past April, in which they obtained rare surveillance footage showing him being abused on two separate instances by correction officers and fellow inmates.
Browder’s family blamed the death on his treatment in jail. During his time at Rikers Island, he was kept in solitary confinement for two years and had attempted to kill himself several times.
Mayor Bill de Blasio calls his death a tragedy.
Although Kalief Browder was released in 2013, the damage was already done. He struggled trying to put his experience at Rikers behind him. Browder recently agreed to go public with his story to help implement change. Receiving the backing of people like Jay-Z, Rosie O’Donnell, and Senator Rand Paul.
The family said, “He ultimately was unable to overcome his own pain and torment which emanated from his experience in solitary confinement.”
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