The family of Kalief Browder, the Bronx native who committed suicide after spending three years behind bars without a conviction, is looking for justice with a $20 million lawsuit against the city of New York. According to the lawsuit, Browder was subjected to “systemic and agonizing physical and mental abuse…tantamount to torture,” while locked up. They also believe his experiences behind bars led him to depression and suicidal thoughts after he was released. His case gained national attention and celebs like Jay-Z and Rosie O’Donnell backed him. “The circumstances of Mr. Browder’s death were tragic,” said a spokesman for the city law department. “The city will review a lawsuit if one is filed.” Read more.
Jon Stewart and Wyatt Cenac Squash Beef on Final Show
Late night talk show host Jon Stewart used The Daily Show’s finale to squash the beef that he had with one of the show’s writers, Wyatt Cenac. The writer appeared on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast and shared how he and Stewart argued over the way that the show tackled racial issues. Cenac served as a writer and correspondent on the show between 2008 and 2012. Read more.
Legionnaire Outbreak is Worst in NYC History
As the Legionnaires’ outbreak runs rampant in several areas of the Bronx, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking extra measures to make sure that the water is safe. De Blasio recently issued an order to have buildings in New York City test and disinfect their water-cooling towers within the next two weeks. “The city has an opportunity to be a leader in the country with coming up with a strong regulation that could help people from becoming sick and dying,” said Patrick Racine, a member of a committee for Legionnaires risk-management with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. “Sometimes it takes events like this to get people to jump into action.” 10 people have died from the outbreak so far and at least 100 people have been affected. Read more.
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