For the three years Kalief Browder sat in New York’s Rikers Island, he probably wondered what the difference would have been if his family could have posted the $3,000 bail that would have gotten him out of the jail and back on the street to await trial.
Instead he languished there, just a couple football fields away from LaGuardia Airport, experiencing the pre-trial punishment that inmates endure — for being accused of stealing a backpack. The then 16-year-old insisted he was innocent, that there was no reason for him to be locked up.
Ultimately he did get out, he tried to assume a normal life. Work, family, friends. But the malnourishment, the fights with other inmates, the beatings by guards (which were caught on video), the nightmarish conditions he lived in were etched in his mind.
Last weekend, the demons still inside got to be too much. He had tried to commit suicide before, but was unsuccessful. This time, his internal struggles led him to tie an air conditioner cord around his neck and hang himself.
He was only 22.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced grand jury indictments against the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray Thursday.
“These past two weeks, my team has been presenting evidence to a grand jury that just today returned indictments against all six officers,” she said, indicating that charges are often revised based upon evidence discovered. However they were largely similar to the ones Mosby announced earlier in May.
We may think the revolution was in fact televised, but the cameras seemed more interested in rioting, vandalism, the burning of cars and buildings and a well-meaning mom doing what mothers do: smacking her kid upside the head.
With the news that all six officers involved in the case have been given multiple charges from negligence to second-degree murder, the focus has now been placed on where it always should have been: on the death of Freddie Gray and the cops at whose hands he died.
Far right wing extremists have been emboldened by the standoff earlier this year between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government, according to a study released Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
As a now-fired North Charleston police officer sits behind bars, facing murder charges for shooting a fleeing suspect in the back, South Carolina law enforcement officials told CBS News the conduct of other police personnel is also being investigated.
Mayor James Knowles said one police department employee was fired and two others placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into racially disparaging e-mails discovered in a Justice Department investigation.