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John Legend Blames Kalief Browder's Death on New York's Broken System

John Legend Blames Kalief Browder's Death on New York's Broken System

John Legend is handsome in a brown suit while attending the premiere of Can You Dig This held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Thursday (June 11) in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old singer posed on the carpet with director Delila Vallot.

John recently wrote a Vulture essay to pay tribute to a teen boy named Kalief Browder, who committed suicide after he was sentenced to prison for a crime he didn’t do.

“The list of things that went wrong in his case begins with his first encounter with the NYPD, whose practice of targeting black teens is well documented. The idea that being accused of stealing a backpack would lead to his arrest and detention would be absurd if it weren’t actually tragic. He should not have been held in an adult jail where he would spend 700 to 800 days of those three years in solitary confinement,” John shared.

He added, “Kalief died because our system is broken, and lawmakers can act now to stop tragedies like this in the future.”

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  • jamie

    You are so right, Mr. Legend. The prison industrial complex in this country is out of control. Young Mr. Browder’s death is so, so, senseless. Some of our craven politicians are too cowardly to do something about this right now.

    RIP Kalief Browder. I hope your death is not in vain.

  • forest4trees

    Kalief Browder wasn’t “sentenced” to prison. He was held for three YEARS at one of the most violent jails in the country ………. almost 2 years of which he was in solitary.