“I believe Ms Rundle has again shown the people of Dade County that Black lives don’t matter in Dade County. How has she done this? By again not prosecuting a law enforcement official that killed an African American in Dade County.
The Medical Examiner Representative that was called to get Rainey’s body on the night he was killed, in his initial report talked about the damage to Darren Rainey’s skin when he seen his body within hours of the murder. Now they say Rainey’s skin showed no damage.
A nurse working on the night Rainey was murdered told the Miami Herald in a May 18th or 19th, 2014 article how hot Rainey’s body was after being cooked in water that exceeded 180 degrees. Now they say his body wasn’t hot.
Mark Joiner talked about how he was forced to clean up Rainey’s skin.
An inmate wrote a letter to the FDC Inspector General’s Office the day after Rainey was murdered saying Dade C.I. staff killed Darren Rainey.
Several other inmates said Dade C.I. staff killed Darren Rainey.
Two Dade C.I. mental health staff in Miami Herald articles and in the New Yorker magazine article called ‘Madness,’ spoke about the torturing and abuse in the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit (TCU).
The Miami Federal District Court in Case # 1 : 14 – cv – 23323 allowed a federal lawsuit to be settled in favor of Disability Rights Florida because Julie Jones and FDC agreed that the conditions of the Dade C.I. TCU were unconstitutional. The lawsuit in this case mentions in detail the shower treatment that 4 inmates other than Rainey received and how Rainey was killed in said shower. This doesn’t include what I witnessed and dozens of other pieces of evidence.
Now after having to push the Miami Dade Police Department and Dade County State Attorney’s Office to investigate the brutal murder of Poor, Black, Mentally Disabled, Muslim Prisoner Darren Rainey, how has the Dade County State Attorney responded? They responded by saying you should’ve seen that we didn’t want to investigate this case. You should’ve known we will not prosecute our own when they kill African Americans. You should’ve known that Darren Rainey was a Poor, Black, Mentally Disabled, Muslim Prisoner and his life did not matter.
Ms Rundle – Darren Rainey’s life did matter.”
Harold Hempstead, March 27th, 2017
T.D.O.C #577366, 21B cell 206A, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, 1045 Horsehead Rd., Pikeville, Tennessee 37367, USA.
FDC is Florida Department of Corrections.
C.I. means Correctional Institution
TCU means Transitional Care Unit. It’s the mental hospital unit at Dade C.I. where suffering inmate/patients are ‘treated.’
When asked what to do with the pieces of Darren Rainey’s skin that he’d collected from the ‘special’ shower, Mark Joiner was told to “throw it in the trash.” This was, apart from being a man’s skin, vital physical evidence that the police failed to collect, let alone respect.
The fact that inmates wrote letters of complaint over this killing is highly significant. This is portrayed negatively by the authorities in media reports as convicts trying to gain some advantage by making such statements. The reality is that these inmates are risking their very lives at the hands of the guards by testifying. Last year FDC staff were involved in 366 ‘inmate-fatalities’ in Florida prisons.
When previously taken to court in Miami over the events concerning the ‘special shower’ at Dade C.I., Julie Jones’s FDC admitted that conditions there were unconstitutional.