Kalief Browder: The Life and Death of the Man Who Spent 3 Years Without Trial on Rikers Island - ABC News
This may help you fill in some of the gaps.
His parents (who had fostered at least 25other kids Kalief being the youngest) didn't have the &3,550 bail that was set. Yet another testimony to the embalmed justice system. You don't keep,a child (16 yrs old) for stealing a backpack. Which it turns out he didn't even do. Hell, even if he did it's a backpack not the Hope diamond.
As far as the guard throwing him to the ground.....what could he have said that deserved that beating? That's why that guard is supposed to be a PAID PROFESSIONAL? He is the one that is being paid (and good benefits) to take the high road. If he can't handle a kids talking trash to him.....he's in the wrong profession.
The other incident with the other inmates beating him up.....the other kid spit in his face. I would EXPECT someone to fight back after being spat on. I would have thrown the first punch too.....most would.
There is no way to justify this situation.
Your less than humans comment explains a lot though.