Each Unjust Death Diminishes Us: Kalief Browder 1993-2015
From a surveillance video at Rikers obtained by The New Yorker. Front photo by Zach Gross.
In an awful end to a ravaged life, Kalief Browder - jailed, beaten, starved, repeatedly denied a trial and otherwise abused on Riker's Island for three years, two in solitary, for allegedly stealing a backpack at age 16 - has killed himself. Broken by his ordeal, Browder had struggled with life and mental health issues since his release in 2013. The night before he hung himself by an air conditioner cord after several previous suicide attempts, he told his mother, “Ma, I can’t take it anymore.” The barbarous American criminal justice system at work.
Family photo of Browder in happier times