On 15 May, 2010, 16-year old Kalief Browder was arrested for stealing a backpack. He maintained his innocence. He was detained at Rikers Island prison in New York while awaiting his trial. The court date kept being delayed. For three years the innocent Black teenager was incarcerated until the charges against him were dropped in May 2013.
While Kalief was wrongfully incarcerated he was exposed to prison violence. He spent two years in solitary confinement.
After his release from prison Kalief suffered from severe depression. On June 6th 2015, at the age of 22, Kalief Browder took his own life.