A Bronx street corner was renamed on Thursday in honor of Kalief Browder, whose 2015 suicide shined a spotlight on conditions at the flawed Rikers Island jail facility.
According to the NY Daily News, Browder, who would have celebrated his 24th birthday Thursday, hanged himself two years ago in his family’s Bronx home, after spending three horrific years in Rikers awaiting a trial that never happened.
“It's all about Kalief today,” said Browder’s sister, Nicole. “Every day is about Kalief until justice is served. I'm looking for the state to take responsibility and everybody who was involved to take responsibility for what was done to Kalief.”
Browder’s family joined jail reform advocates and elected officials for the morning ceremony at E. 181st St. and Prospect Ave, which was renamed “Kalief Browder Way.”