On 11th January 2019 Harold Hempstead had an email sent to St Petersburg Police Department asking for a statement on investigations into the improper activities of a predatory former police officer whom Harold had reported –
“Re: Request for official statement from St Petersburg Police Dept – Florida
Attn: Media Relations – SPPD
Dear St Petersburg Police Department spokesperson:
Harold Hampstead has published a book entitled “Department of Corruption” – Darren Rainey – The Untold Story – His book can be located at crusaderbooks.com
Question 130 of Hempstead-s book states:
“130 – Question: When was the first time you spoke out against a state official who did wrong~”
“Answer: The first time was with Roosevelt Copeland when I was a teenager – He was a guard at the Pinellas County – Florida – Juvenile Detention Center – As a result of me speaking out against his improper conduct he lost his job – The second time I spoke out was against St Petersburg Police Officer Mike Brown – He was committing sexual misconduct with kids at the Police Athletic League – The police set me up with two frivolous felony charges for it – The State Attorney knew I was set up – so they dismissed the charges -“
Will you please provide the citizens of St Petersburg with any and all information in your agency-s possession concerning any investigations conducted into any misconduct by Detective Mike Brown~
Will you please provide the citizens of St Petersburg with any and all information in your agency-s possession concerning any juveniles that reported being sexually abused at the Police Athletic League ~
Will you please provide an official response to Hempstead-s statements in his books concerning Detective Mike Brown~
Please provide your official responses to these questions to the parties listed in the CC section below –
It should be noted that all attempts to communicate with Harold Hempstead concerning the matters herein should be directed to his Attorney – John Trevena at email@example.com
This letter and any response or failure to respond could be published in future book(s) and used in court proceedings –
A historically factual book about the Darren Rainey murder, the systematic culture of corruption in the Florida Department of Corrections and the murdering, torturing and abuse of Florida prisoners.
A compelling expose of the hidden world of brutality and corruption in the Florida Department of Corrections.
Harold Hempstead was incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) for 17 years. On 17th March, 2017 he was involuntarily Interstate Compacted to the Tennessee Department of Corrections in an attempt to censor him on the Darren Rainey case and stop him from engaging in prisoner civil rights activities.
During his years incarcerated in Florida he was incarcerated at the majority of Florida’s most violent prisons.
In this historically factual book Harold Hempstead chronicles:
1) A tremendous amount of facts on the Darren Rainey case that have never been told to the public. Harold Hempstead exposed the brutal scalding death of Darren Rainey to the Miami Herald newspaper.
2) The murdering, starving, torturing and abusing of Florida inmates by prison staff.
3) The mass-poisoning of the food that inmates eat, with pills, chemicals, feces and urine by FDC staff.
4) The extreme physically and sexually violent conditions in the Florida Department of Corrections.
5) The rise in gang membership and violence in Florida prisons.
6) Drugs, cellular phones and contraband-smuggling activities.
7) A tremendous amount of facts about the culture of corruption and the unconstitutional conditions of the Florida Department of Corrections.
This eye-opening factual book truly exposes the world behind the walls in the Florida prison system and shows why reform and independent oversight are needed in the Florida Department of Corrections.
MINI AUTHOR BIO:
Harold Hempstead has a Doctor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Christian College and Seminary and a Paralegal Certification from Blackstone Career Institute. He was incarcerated for 17 years in the Florida Department of Corrections prior to his March 17, 2017 involuntary Interstate Compact to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. In 2015 the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida awarded him with the Maurice Rosen Act of Courage Award for placing his life on the line to expose the brutal and fatal scalding of Darren Rainey and for exposing the systematic culture of brutality in the Florida Department of Corrections. Harold Hempstead is serving 165 years in prison for burglaries and dealing in stolen property.
STATEMENTS MADE ABOUT HAROLD HEMPSTEAD IN THE MEDIA:
Miami Herald newspaper – (Reporter Julie K Brown: 8/8/2015)
“Hempstead didn’t set out to be a hero and, perhaps to some people, he isn’t a hero at all. But it is likely that no-one would have ever known about the death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey, or about the systematic culture of physical and mental abuse of inmates in Florida prisons. had it not been for Hempstead. ”
“Hempstead’s steadfast determination to expose the monstrous acts he says he witnessed ultimately brought about an overhaul of the prison system, the firing of top corrections officials and officers, federal arrests and an ongoing investigation by the US Department of Justice .”
“Hempstead did all this from a prison cell and in spite of threats, intimidation and a haunting fear that one day he would suffer an accident and never wake up.”
“Convicted burglar Harold Hempstead is responsible for helping to lift the curtains on systematic corruption in Florida’s prison system.”
Miami Herald newspaper – (Reporter Julie K Brown : 8/8/2015)
Article name: The Inmate Who Exposed Florida Prisons Culture Of Cruelty
“He saw something was wrong and he took a stand. What he did took real courage.”
“The interests of all the people in Florida have been served by this inmate (Harold Hempstead) revealing the horrors and violence of both corrections officers and inmates. Because of him, we are better for it.”
(Malcolm Tomlin – FDC Chaplain)
WTVT Fox 13 Tampa Bay, Florida
(Reporter Craig Patrick 11/9/2015)
“Harold Hempstead helped expose a scandal that rocked the prison system.”
Title: DEPARTMENT OF CORRUPTION – Darren Rainey – The Untold Story
Publication Date: Prior to the end of 2018
Contact Harold Hempstead:
Mailing address: Harold Hempstead, I-M # 577366
Northeast Correctional Complex
P.O. Box 5000, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683-5000
In the beginning of 2012, while I was incarcerated in the Dade Correctional Institution Transitional Care Unit (TCU), I was told by several Lieutenants, Sergeants and officers that a new camera system had been installed in the TCU, that the new camera system was digital, that it could tell if a dime on the ground was on heads or tails and it had very clear footage. The reason why so many security staff told me the foregoing was because I was the primary Orderly for all the shifts and Lieutenants in the TCU and they wanted to make sure I knew a new camera system was watching security and I when we were working on the floor in the TCU. Security always kept me aware of issues with the mounted camera system solely because a lot of bad things happened in the TCU, and the cameras were always a threat to the staff when the cameras were operating. My diary from 2012, that State, Federal officials and the media have, shows that in 2012 there was multiple staff-related investigations into issues that happened in the TCU. Because I was the primary Orderly for security, I was often placed under investigation with the staff, solely because I was often present when security staff were doing things they shouldn’t have been doing. There’s several 2012 entries in my diary that talk about the mounted security cameras. The reason I’m bringing this up is I know from personal knowledge how clear the footage was from the mounted digital cameras in the TCU in 2012 and I’ve been told the camera footage from 2012 in the Darren Rainey murder case that the Dade County Florida State Attorney released to the media and others was unclear / blury. I haven’t personally got a chance to view the camera footage but two people who have the video footage on the Rainey murder told me how unclear / blury the footage is that they received from the Dade County State Attorney. Did the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) intentionally provide the Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County State Attorney with unclear / blury video footage from the night Rainey was murdered and this is why the Dade County State Attorney provided unclear / blury camera footage to the media etc? Did FDC provide clear video footage to the police and the Dade County Florida State Attorney intentionally provided unlcear / blury camera footage to the media etc. to aid in their attempt to cover up Rainey’s murder? I don’t know the answers to these questions. I just know that my 2012 diary proves I had several dealings with the mounted security cameras and from my personal experiences with them and knowledge of them, the footage from said mounted security cameras were very clear. This is another issue / problem with the Rainey case I wanted to bring to light. Please share this blog with your friends and with anybody you believe would like to join us in our fight for the value of life. Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED, MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.
On 3/17/17 when I was ghosted out of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) at 3:30 am, the Dade County Florida State Attorney released their written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers. About ten days after my 3/17/17 ghosting out of Florida against my will, I received the Dade County State Attorney’s 3/17/17 foregoing written decision and I was advised that since 3/17/17 the Dade County Florida State Attorney had told the media and numerous other people that one of the primary reasons they weren’t going to prosecute Rainey’s killers was because Darren Rainey’s skin allegedly wasn’t burned. Now the people of Dade County Florida and the whole World can see the condition of Rainey’s skin when he was taken out of the shower, in the photographs of Darren Rainey’s dead body that the Miami Herald newspaper released on 5/6/17.
Now everybody can see why several inmates, two Dade C.I. security staff, and FDC Inspector General, three nurses, a Fire-Rescue Lieutenant and I, all said that Darren Rainey’s skin was burned. Now everybody can see what I saw on the night Darren Rainey was murdered. Now everybody can see that the Dade County Florida State Attorney and Medical Examiner didn’t uphold their oaths to be truthful when they both said Darren Rainey’s skin wasn’t burned. The photographs the Miami Herald newspaper published in an article on 5/6/17 show how much the life of poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner Darren Rainey don’t matter to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Dade County Florida State Attorney, and the Dade County Florida Medical Examiner.
Now you can see what they did to Rainey, what do you think about this case? Do you think it’s right what they did to Rainey? Do you think it’s right that the Dade County Florida State Attorney is allowing Rainey’s killers to stay free? Do you think it’s right that the Dade County Florida State Attorney and Medical Examiner lied to you and everybody in saying Rainey’s skin wasn’t burned? My desire is to move you to join our fight for justice for Rainey and our fight for the value of life. Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.
Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader.’
Publisher’s note: The canvas shoe you can see in the shower is the same shoe that a convict was ordered to fill with Mr Rainey’s skin, the day after he died in the locked shower. This convict was later ordered to “throw it in the trash.” Thus a crime-scene was destroyed, with collusion from the police and prison authorities.
In the last twenty-seven years of my life I’ve had a lot of communications with State and Federal agencies (not as a suspect) in more administrative and criminal investigations than I can remember. Over these twenty-seven years I’ve learned that law enforcement agencies highly favor polygraph and voice-stress testing as investigative tools to test the credibility of their own staff, witnesses, suspects and those who aid them in investigations. I’ve never been placed on a polygraph test over these years, but I have been administered voice-stress testing several times. Also, over these last eighteen years of my life I’ve read several criminal cases where law enforcement agencies used these types of testing for investigative purposes. Since Darren Rainey’s murder, I’ve asked the Dade County State Attorney’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Florida Department of Corrections several times to polygraph or voice-stress test me on the things I told them concerning Darren Rainey’s murder.
These agencies consistently refused to do the foregoing, even though they each have the equipment to conduct said tests and the people trained in administering these tests. In other words, they don’t have to hire somebody to administer these tests.
Why do you think they consistently refused to polygraph or voice-stress test me concerning the things I told them about the Darren Rainey murder? I believe they refused to do the foregoing because they knew beyond all doubt what I told them was the truth about Rainey’s murder and if they tested me, I’d be able to use the results from the test against them to push for a prosecution of those who killed Rainey.
My 2013 FDC Inmate Grievances I filed on Rainey’s murder also document me asking to be polygraphed or voice-stress tested on what I said concerning Rainey’s murder. Why didn’t these agencies polygraph or voice-stress test the Dade C.I. staff that killed Rainey and that were working on the night Rainey was killed? I believe because these agencies knew those who killed Darren Rainey and the Dade C.I. staff that were working on the night Rainey was killed, were lying.
Since these agencies have refused to polygraph or voice-stress test me, I’m asking for your help. I believe if I can get anybody to polygraph or voice-stress test me, I can use the results of my testing, to further prove a cover-up, corruption and racism in the Darren Rainey murder case. I’m absolutely positive I can pass a polygraph or voice-stress test concerning the things I said on the Darren Rainey murder. If you’re reading this blog and you have the ability to polygraph or voice-stress test me, or arrange to have somebody administer one of these tests to me, will you please contact my friend Jeremy who manages this blog and tell him you’d like to help me with this matter? Because I’m in prison, I have several restrictions placed on me. Any law enforcement or State or Federal agency can administer one of these tests to me. The only other people who can obtain authorization to have one of these tests administered to me are private investigators or contractors, lawyers and the media. With the proper paperwork, any person can hire a private investigator or contractor to administer one of these tests to me. If you can help me, I’d really appreciate it. Also, if you can help me, think about your help as being a way of aiding in the fight for justice for the murder of Darren Rainey and as a way of aiding in the fight for the value of life. The people I personally know and I, can’t make arrangements to have me receive one of these tests, because if we paid for me to receive one of these tests, people could say the person who gave me the test was bias in favor of my view of things. I want an unbias tester to administer me one of these tests. Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you believe would like to join us in our fight for the value of life. Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.
They say actions speak louder than words and it’s my position that Ms Rundle stated Black Lives Don’t Matter in Dade County, Florida, when she held that she wasn’t going to prosecute Rainey’s killers. I have the Dade County State Attorney Inter-Office Memorandum stating they aren’t going to prosecute and it’s packed with inconsistencies and misquoting of facts and evidence. I’ve mentioned several of the many problems in the State Attorney’s foregoing document in other blogs I’ve written.
I personally don’t know why Ms Rundle chose the route she did when she could’ve just been honest and admitted that to her Darren Rainey’s life wasn’t worth the money it would cost to prosecute his killers. Yes, Ms Rundle would’ve received a big backlash if she just clearly stated the foregoing truth, but she has in essence stated the same thing by her actions in not prosecuting Rainey’s killers.
It is my position that Ms Rundle’s history of not prosecuting law enforcement officials who unlawfully kill African Americans and not prosecuting Rainey’s killers should show the people of Dade County and the World, that Black Lives don’t Matter in Dade County, Florida. I’m asking the people of Dade County, Florida and everybody who’s reading this blog to prove that Black Lives Matter in Dade County, Florida. It is obvious that Black Lives and all lives Matter to me.
I pray that everybody who’s reading this blog join together in unity and peace and that we all do what we can to show the people of the World that even though Ms Rundle doesn’t think Black Lives Matter in Dade County, Florida, that Black Lives do Matter in Dade County, Florida, and all over the World.
For years I have known that the quest my sister (Windy Hempstead) and I have set out on to obtain justice for the murder of poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim, prisoner Darren Rainey was going to be a hard one. Why? Because I’ve learned throughout my life that most people in this World don’t believe the lives of certain people have the same value/worth as others. Most people discriminate or are racist against certain races and groups and the people they discriminate against or are racist against, they place below themselves and put a lesser value on their lives. Out of the 6 classes of people I can think of that are most disliked in America (especially the South) Darren Rainey fit into 5 of the 6 groups. Poor people, African American people, mentally disabled people, Muslim people and prisoners are 5 of the 6 most disliked peoples in America. Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim, prisoner and that is why my sister (Windy) and I knew this would be a hard fight. I think what people are failing to see is that the fight for justice for Rainey is not just a fight for Rainey, it’s a fight for the value of life; it’s a fight to show that all life has value; it’s a fight for all poor people, all black people, all mentally disabled people, all Muslim people and all prisoners. Will you please join Windy, Jeremy and me in this fight for the value of life? Just like your life has value, Rainey’s life has value, and all life has value.
I’m asking that you please send emails to Alicia Garza, Rev. Al Sharpton of The National Action Network, Rev. Jesse Jackson of The Rainbow Push Coalition and any member of the Black Lives Matter movement you know and ask them for help in obtaining justice for the murder of Darren Rainey.
Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you think could help us in obtaining justice for the murder of Darren Rainey. Please sign our petition on Change.org