NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The family of a young Bronx man who killed himself after spending three years in prison before charges against him were dropped plans to sue New York City for $20 million.
Kalief Browder’s parents filed the notice of claim on Thursday, the Daily News reported.READ MORE: Broadway Theaters Can Reopen At 100% Capacity On Sept. 14, Gov. Cuomo Says
Venida and Everett Browder said “the systemic and agonizing physical and mental abuse” their son endured at Rikers Island led to his suicide.
The parents called it “tantamount to torture.”
Browder landed in jail after he was unable to post $3,000 bail for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was beaten by inmates and guards and held in solitary confinement before charges were dropped.READ MORE: FAA Reports Sharp Increase In Reports Of Unruly Passengers Over Past Few Months
Three years at Rikers as a teenager for a crime he was never convicted of haunted Browder. He was released in May 2013 and died in June.
Attorney Paul Prestia said when Browder took his own life, the 21-year-old had been recalling and reliving excruciating memories of violence and solitary confinement in depositions as he hoped for a settlement and an apology from the city.
The city Law Department called his death tragic and said it will review the lawsuit when it’s filed.MORE NEWS: 4-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy Orders Over $2,600 Worth Of SpongeBob SquarePants Popsicles On Amazon
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