Kalief Browder, a 16-year old Bronx resident at the time, was unexpectedly arrested on May 14th, 2010 as he was walking home from a party. A complete stranger claimed that Browder had robbed him. Consequently, the false accusation changed Browder’s life forever.
Browder was imprisoned for three years before the charges were dropped in June 2013, according to a WABC-TV Eyewitness News investigation. Now, Browder is free and is speaking out about his harsh experiences and lost time.
“I spent three New Year’s in there, three birthdays…,” Browder, now 20, said in a recent interview with WABC, adding that he was released with “no apology.”
He was “physically assaulted and beaten” by officers and inmates. He was also “placed in solitary confinement for more than 400 days” and was “deprived meals.” Officers allegedly prohibited him from pursuing his education. Browder attempted suicide at least six times. He is now suing the Bronx District Attorney, City of New York, NYPD, New York City Department of Corrections, and several other state employed individuals.
“The city needs to be held accountable for what happened,” Browder’s attorney, Paul Prestia said. “[Browder] had a right to a fair and speedy trail, and he wasn’t afforded any of that. He maintained his innocence the entire time, and essentially got a three year sentence for that.”
Prestia says that his client has suffered lingering mental health problems, and though he’s currently going to school for his GED, he’s “clearly way behind from where he would have been.”
Watch Browder’s story here: