By Danny Lewis
Kalief Browder was just an ordinary young man living in New York City when one day his life would change.
“The New York City man who was held at Rikers Island for three years as a teenager and spent more than a year in solitary confinement despite never being tried for or convicted of a crime has committed suicide, according to published reports.
The New Yorker reports that Kalief Browder, 21, hanged himself with an air conditioner at his home in the Bronx on Saturday, nearly two years after he was released from Rikers. He was discovered by his mother, who heard a loud thumping noise from his second-story bedroom and later saw him hanging from the sleeve normally occupied by the air conditioner.”
The fact that this young man spent three years in jail without due process is a tragedy. Now this young man who was traumatized by this injustice is dead because of it.
Campaign for Liberty works to make sure that due process is being followed. No person should ever be indefinitely detained without charge or a trial. The founding fathers fought the Revolution so that stories like Kalief Browder’s would not happen.
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