Lawsuit Settlement Funding Firm Reports $20MM Wrongful Death Suit against NYC from Kalief Browder's Family for His Suicide after Spending Three Years at Rikers

Case Funding Firm says Browder's family says their son committed suicide after spending three torturous years at Rikers Island, including 800 days in solitary confinement.

Sep 09, 2015, 05:00 ET from Legal-Bay LLC

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, reports today that the family of Kalief Browder served notice that they are suing New York City for $20 million for the death of their son who spent three torturous years at Rikers Island. Kalief Browder was arrested just before his 17th birthday in May of 2010 for "allegedly stealing a backpack," according to the NY Daily News, but he was never tried. The Bronx man remained in Rikers because his family was unable to raise his $3,000 bail. He was offered a plea deal 33 months later, however, he refused it. According to the NY Daily News, Browder was beaten, assaulted, and physically and mentally abused. During his stint at Rikers, he attempted suicide four times but failed. He was released in May of 2013, and a month later, the charges filed against him were dropped. Within the three years he spent at Rikers, he spent 800 days in solitary confinement, and according to statements from his mother, Browder said he just couldn't "take it anymore." In June, he hung himself in his family's apartment with an air conditioner cord. His parents, Venida and Everett, served a notice of intention to file a wrongful death suit, naming the city Department of Correction and the Bronx district attorney's office, as well as various city health agencies. According to the NY Daily News, Browder's death has inspired Mayor de Blasio "to reform the scandal-plagued jail to stop solitary for 16 and 17-year old inmates."

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In other news, another Bronx native was wrongfully imprisoned for two and a half years for a murder that he did not commit. There was no physical evidence or DNA that linked the man to the crime, only "the 100% certainty of the 20-year NYPD veteran." Brian Rodriguez alleged that the detective "busted him for a fatal 2012 Queens robbery he didn't commit because the cop's previous case against him fell apart at trial in humiliating fashion." Rodriguez is suing for $15 million for "deprivation of his federal civil rights, false arrest, malicious prosecution and other charges," according to the NY Daily News.

Patty Kirby, COO and Head of Client Relations, commented on the wrongful death case, "The recent prison injury wrongful death lawsuit is yet another example of the many incidents that seem to be occurring on Rikers. Although prison officials are steadfast working to improve the largest county holding jail in the U.S., the lawsuits continue to pile in for claims of neglect, medical malpractice, correctional officer brutality, and personal injury."    

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