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Kalief Browder's Family Settles With NYC For $3.3 Million

"While no money can ever bring Kalief Browder back, we hope the settlement of this case and the changes that took place at Rikers will result in this not happening to any other victims."

Kalief Browder's family has reportedly reached a settlement in their malicious prosecution and wrongful death suit against New York City for $3.3 million, The New York Times reports. The Browder family's attorney, Sanford A. Rubenstein, confirmed the news on Thursday (Jan. 24).

"It’s a fair settlement, given the tragedy of what happened here," Mr. Rubenstein said of the court's decision. "While no money can ever bring Kalief Browder back, we hope the settlement of this case and the changes that took place at Rikers will result in this not happening to any other victims."

The New York City Law Department also released a statement following the ruling. "Kalief Browder’s story helped inspire numerous reforms to the justice system to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again, including an end to punitive segregation for young people on Rikers Island," the statement reads. "We hope that this settlement and our continuing reforms help bring some measure of closure to the Browder family."

As previously reported, Browder was just 16 years old when he was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was later detained at Rikers Island for three years – two of which were spent in solitary confinement – as he awaited trial. He served time in prison having never been convicted of a crime. In 2015, Browder died by suicide in his parents' home in the Bronx at the age of 22.

His story prompted a lot of media coverage and support, which ultimately led to change in the prison system.  In 2014, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York took legal action against the city for its unnecessary and excessive force" on adolescents in Rikers Island. In Jan. 2015, the New York City Council voted to end solitary confinement for inmates under the age of 21. Jay-Z also expanded the reach of Kalief's story with the 2017 docuseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story.

New York has plans to close Rikers by 2027.

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The New York Post reports Jeremiah Horton showed four of his friends at North College Hill High School the tape. Those friends then showed others, resulting in Jeremiah's expulsion.

In addition to registering as a Tier 2 second offender, a judge ordered him to spend six months at River City Correctional Center, a rehab facility for nonviolent felony offenders. Horton faced up to three years in a correctional facility.

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When Richard Philips was 27-years-old, he was found guilty of dragging a man named Gregory Harris out of his car and shooting him to death. Harris' brother-in-law corroborated the story and told investigators he met with Philips in a local bar to discuss the murder.

Yet despite the statement from the victim's relative, Philips maintained his innocence. It wasn't enough, however, and Philips went onto spend 46 years in prison.

Then in 2010, Richard Polombo came forward and admitted to the killing. It would be another four years before the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan's law school heard Polombo's confession, and another three in legal proceedings before Philips was granted a new trial in 2017.

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A 102-year-old woman living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Ladera Heights is being evicted from her home of three decades. Thelma Smith was notified on March 8 that she has to move out so that the landlord’s daughter can move into the single-family home, after she graduates from law school.

Smith was on a month-to-month lease and has been paying “very low rent,” her longtime neighbor told the L.A. Times. She has to be out of the home by June 30.

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Smith is a former director of the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charity aimed at serving underprivileged youth. She has yet to find a new home, and rejected her neighbor’s offer to move in, but it looks like she’ll be getting housing assistance from Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor and former California Governor vowed to help Smith, whom he called a “dear friend for a long time.”

“Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless,” he tweeted Friday (May 24). Schwarzenegger went on to state that he will be reaching out to Smith. “Landlords, you’ll hear from me too,” he added.

Thelma has been a dear friend for a long time. Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless. Thelma, I’ll be reaching out to help. Landlords, you’ll hear from me too. https://t.co/IJQrclGQ6I

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 24, 2019

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