NYC teen spends 3 years in solitary with NO TRIAL after being falsely accused of stealing backpack | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

NYC teen spends 3 years in solitary with NO TRIAL after being falsely accused of stealing backpack

On May 15, 2010, Kalief Browder was returning home from a party in the Bronx with a friend. He was stopped by police, who were working on a tip that he had robbed someone earlier that night. In the backseat of the police car, the man who provided that tip pointed at Browder and said he had stolen something from him.

“I didn’t do it,” Browder responded. “I didn’t steal anything. Check my pockets.”

The police went back to the car to consult with the man in the backseat, who then changed his story, and said that the robbery had occurred a few weeks earlier.

Browder accompanied the police to the station, thinking, “I’m just going to be here for a couple hours. We’ll clear up this misunderstanding.”

It would be three years before the “misunderstanding” was cleared up.

He was sent to Rikers Island, the jail complex where individuals from New York City wait while their case moves through the court system. Because Browder was on probation for a prior case, his bail was set prohibitively high — $3,000 — and his family was unable to pay it.

Like many, Browder was being held in one of the most appalling, abusive juvenile facilities in the country in order to force him to plead guilty to the charges against him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This should NEVER HAPPEN to ANY American kids, and particularly not to African American kids, who, in many cases, still have the legal deck stacked against them.

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