I remember seeing his photo circulating on social media back in 2015. I didn’t know much about the story back then, but after doing some research, I am deeply disturbed and saddened by what this young man has gone though.
In 2010, a 16-year old Kalief Browder was accused and arrested for a crime that he did not commit. He was accused of robbing a man as he was walking home with a few friends after leaving a party. As a result, he was sent to Rikers Island for 3 YEARS. Rikers Island is one of the worlds largest correctional and mental institutions which sits on an island between the Bronx and Queens, NY.
Why Browder was sent there for 3 years for a crime he didn’t commit—one may never know.
Browder was tortured by officers and inmates while being held there which lead to serious issues of depression and anxiety. He tried to commit suicide numerous occasions while in jail and even after he was released in 2013.
Sadly, in 2015 he took his own life shortly after telling his mother, “Ma, I can’t take it anymore.”
After Browder was released from prison, he met with well known people such as Marc Lamont Hill, Rosie O’donnel, and Jay-Z to share his story.
WATCH THIS 13-MINUTE CLIP AS HE SPOKE WITH MARC LAMONT HILL BACK IN 2013
Jay-Z has teamed up with SPIKE to produce a 6-part documentary series about the story of Kalief Browder. This is an important story to watch, so I hope you all will tune in.
The Kalief Browder Story | Wednesdays @ 10/9c on SPIKE
Learn More: kalief.spike.com