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17Th Birthdays: Letitia James Wants to Rename Rikers Island After Kalief Browder @balleralert Letitia James Wants to Rename Rikers Island After Kalief Browder โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € In the wake of Mayor BillDeBlasioโ€™s announcement to eventually shut down RikersIsland, Public Advocate LetitiaJames introduced a new idea about the notorious 413-acre island, rename it. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € James stood before a crowd during a press conference about the island's potential shut down, urging the city to rename the jail after a victim of its brutality and isolation, KaliefBrowder. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € If you recall, back in 2010, just before his 17th birthday, Browder was arrested and charged with stealing a backpack. However, the case never went to trial. But, Browder was subject to three years of brutality in Rikerโ€™s Island, two of which were spent in solitary confinement. Browderโ€™s story was widely publicized, in an effort to highlight the horrible conditions of the jail. Unable to cope with the emotional trauma and memories of the torture, Browder committed suicide two years after his release. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Now, James is asking the city to honor Browderโ€™s name by renaming the island that is responsible for his death, after him. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œWe must do everything in our power to ensure that our criminal justice system is fair, transparent and accountable,โ€ she said. While, the gesture may have been in good faith, many are opposed to the idea, including one of Browderโ€™s older brothers, Deion. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œNaming Rikers Island after Kalief Browder is disrespecting his name,โ€ Deion said after a screening of โ€œTIME: The Kalief Browder Story.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On the other hand, Browderโ€™s older brother, Akeem, thinks the change could continue to raise awareness and spread his brotherโ€™s story. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œItโ€™s really appreciative and thoughtful,โ€ the 34-year-old said. โ€œBut itโ€™s something weโ€™d have to think over. The people should have this victory.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œThankfully the time has come,โ€ he added. โ€œMaybe people will look at the Kalief Island, if they want to dub it that, and remember the tragedy that my brother went through.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € What are your thoughts?
17Th Birthdays: Letitia James Wants to Rename
 Rikers Island After Kalief
 Browder
 @balleralert
Letitia James Wants to Rename Rikers Island After Kalief Browder โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € In the wake of Mayor BillDeBlasioโ€™s announcement to eventually shut down RikersIsland, Public Advocate LetitiaJames introduced a new idea about the notorious 413-acre island, rename it. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € James stood before a crowd during a press conference about the island's potential shut down, urging the city to rename the jail after a victim of its brutality and isolation, KaliefBrowder. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € If you recall, back in 2010, just before his 17th birthday, Browder was arrested and charged with stealing a backpack. However, the case never went to trial. But, Browder was subject to three years of brutality in Rikerโ€™s Island, two of which were spent in solitary confinement. Browderโ€™s story was widely publicized, in an effort to highlight the horrible conditions of the jail. Unable to cope with the emotional trauma and memories of the torture, Browder committed suicide two years after his release. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Now, James is asking the city to honor Browderโ€™s name by renaming the island that is responsible for his death, after him. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œWe must do everything in our power to ensure that our criminal justice system is fair, transparent and accountable,โ€ she said. While, the gesture may have been in good faith, many are opposed to the idea, including one of Browderโ€™s older brothers, Deion. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œNaming Rikers Island after Kalief Browder is disrespecting his name,โ€ Deion said after a screening of โ€œTIME: The Kalief Browder Story.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On the other hand, Browderโ€™s older brother, Akeem, thinks the change could continue to raise awareness and spread his brotherโ€™s story. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œItโ€™s really appreciative and thoughtful,โ€ the 34-year-old said. โ€œBut itโ€™s something weโ€™d have to think over. The people should have this victory.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ€œThankfully the time has come,โ€ he added. โ€œMaybe people will look at the Kalief Island, if they want to dub it that, and remember the tragedy that my brother went through.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € What are your thoughts?

Letitia James Wants to Rename Rikers Island After Kalief Browder โ€“ blogged by @MsJennyb โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € In the wake of Mayor BillDeBlasio...