We owe it to children in the criminal justice system to watch the story of Kalief Browder's short life. - From NOLA.com
Incarcerated at New York's infamous Riker's Island on the baseless allegation that he had snatched a backpack, the 5-foot-5, 155-lb kid tried to avoid conflict.
Arrested on May 10, 2010 when he was 16 years old, Kalief was sent to Riker's because his family couldn't raise the $900 it would have taken to have him released.
On June 6, 2015, when he was 22 years old, he hanged himself and died.
We learn that the Corrections Officers Benevolent Association, the union for New resents being blamed for jail fights - despite multiple reports of guards encouraging fights and footage of guards standing idly by as fights erupt.
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