The family of Kalief Browder has reached a $3.3 million settlement in their wrongful death suit against New York City.
Sanford Rubenstein, the attorney who represented Browder’s father, five brothers and a sister in their lawsuit against the city said, “The settlement is fair and reasonable.”
Paul Prestia, Kalief’s former longtime attorney said the settlement is bittersweet:
It’s bittersweet that the city had a chance to settle the case while he was alive or before his mom passed away, but I hope his surviving family members can take some justice from this.
He was a hero whose story touched so many people around the world, and I’m thankful he was a part of my life. He changed the criminal justice system.
10 days before Kalief Browder’s 17th birthday he was accused and arrested of stealing another teenager’s bookbag. Because his family couldn’t afford the $3,000 bail, he was placed in Riker’s Island.
He waited 258 days before his first court appearance, he was beaten by correction officers and he was placed in isolation for 400 days.
In the end, all the charges against him were dropped, but the damage was already done.
Kalief Browder took his own life with an air conditioner cord in June 2015. He was only 22-years-young.
His mother, Venida, passed away from a heart attack a year later. I’m convinced she died of a broken heart.