Darren Rainey

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.

Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader’

Harold Hempstead


Inmate Daniel Geiger was a severely mentally disabled inmate whose mental condition caused him to almost constantly make noise 24 hours a day.  A lot of inmates in the TCU didn’t like to be housed in cells near him because as loud as he was, it made it very hard for people in cells close to him to sleep.  The foregoing is what caused Dade C.I. TCU day-shift security staff to place Geiger in cells next to inmates they didn’t like and they were trying to get to sign out of the TCU.  Sleep deprivation caused most of the inmates in cells next to Geiger to ask to sign out of the TCU.

In the beginning of 2012, inmates MD and SL were housed in Wing J3.  Day shift security staff didn’t like them because they were very verbal and filed grievances on things they didn’t like.  Geiger was moved from Wing J1 to Wing J3 first as a tool to try to get MD to sign out of the TCU and then he was used to try and get SL to sign out.

When Geiger was placed in Wing J3, it immediately upset, to some degree or another, all the inmates housed in Wing J3.  It was a small wing and Geiger’s loudness could be heard easily through the whole wing.

In 2012 the officer who killed Darren Rainey was assigned as the wing officer for Wing J3.  Rainey’s killer use to talk to inmate KS who was housed in Wing J3 a lot.  KS wasn’t mentally disabled.  He manipulated his way into the TCU running from a disciplinary report he got at Columbia C.I.  Every shift that Rainey’s killer worked, he spent an hour or more discussing sports and rap music related issues with KS in front of KS’s cell.  The officer who killed Rainey worked on night shift.

When Geiger got placed in Wing J3, KS started telling the officer that killed Rainey, “if you take Geiger, place him in that shower upstairs and turn it on full hot, I’ll bet you he’ll stop yelling and making all that noise.”  After a few days of KS telling Rainey’s killer the foregoing, the officer tried it and it worked.  Within several minutes of Geiger being put in the shower he stopped yelling.

When the officer who killed Rainey seen that the shower treatment got Geiger to comply and listen to him, he realized he had a tool to get the most mentally disabled inmates in the TCU to comply with his orders.

Over the next several months that officer continued to use that shower as a torturing device to punish mentally disabled inmates that refused to comply with his orders.  Several inmates were placed in that shower.

The fifth inmate that I witnessed be placed in that shower was Darren Rainey, who was killed in it.

The state and federal government have known the foregoing for years now.

Several months ago Daniel Geiger somehow died in the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Lake C.I. in the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC.)

Do mentally disabled peoples’ lives matter?  According to our history they don’t.  A lot of people in this World don’t care about them.  When are we going to start treating the mentally disabled like humans?  Do you think it’s right to abuse the mentally disabled?  Do you think the mentally disabled should be treated like humans?

Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you think can help us with getting justice for the mentally disabled who were abused, tortured and killed in the Dade C.I. TCU and for the murder of Darren Rainey.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER

Caged Crusader


After Darren Rainey was killed an officer on another shift asked me to tell him everything that happened on the night Rainey was killed.  When I got close to the end of the events that happened on that night, as soon as I told him “I did all that I could do” it seemed like a big light turned on in my head that caused me to clearly see “I didn’t do enough to stop Rainey’s murder.”  As soon as this light turned on, and I realized I didn’t do enough, it felt like a thousand pounds of sadness fell upon me.  From that day on I realized that my failures led to somebody being killed.  From that day on I cried every day for hours a day for about a year.  Over that year I thought not only on how I didn’t do enough to stop Rainey from being killed, but I didn’t do enough to stop any of the starving, physical abuses and torturing I witnessed while in the Dade C.I. TCU.

My FDC prison files will prove that I blamed myself for not doing enough so much that FDC staff at Everglades C.I. sent me to Regional Medical Center TCU to be analysed for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

In my 41 years of living, there was only one time I had to fight for my sanity.  That was from about June 24, 2012 till June 12, 2013.  As a person brought up believing in the teachings of the Christian Bible, I understood how high God held the value of all human life and while I was in the Dade C.I. TCU, I believe my actions showed I didn’t do enough to stop the violence and killings.

I seen 3 inmates die that I knew (Darren Rainey, Oscar Davis, Darrel Richardson), I seen dozens of inmates denied their food trays, I seen inmates physically beat, I seen staff placing medicines and other substances in inmates’ food.  I seen these things done to inmates by the Dade C.I. staff I worked for and that God gave me as a sheep to evangelize.

Even though my daily crying for hours a day stopped in the beginning of June 2013, till this day I’ve never thought that I did enough to stop the murder of Darren Rainey and the violence in the TCU.  In an April, 2014 meeting with the Miami Herald, I told them I didn’t do enough.  In an April 2015 meeting with the DOJ and FBI, I stressed to them that I didn’t do enough.  During this discussion I couldn’t control my crying over my failures so they gave me a short break to get myself together.  In an April 2015 interview with a New Yorker magazine reporter and June 2015 interview via telephone with Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown, I told them I didn’t do enough, several articles cite me as saying I didn’t do enough.

It is important for you to know all that I’ve said so far because this information will help you understand how I felt when I was first told that the Dade County State Attorney lied and said that I said I did all I could to stop Darren Rainey’s murder.  I was in utter shock that she would say something so far-fetched.  I still can’t properly express myself on this lie that her office made because of the shock that I have, that this of all things would be alleged.

There’s tremendous evidence to exist that proves I never thought I did enough to stop Rainey’s murder.  Yes, I know I was an inmate in the TCU and I could’ve been killed;  yes I know I couldn’t physically stop the abuse and yes I know I wasn’t obligated by state or federal law to stop Rainey’s murder or any abuse.  I know these things.  However, I also know that I and all Christians in the Bible are commanded to help those who can’t help themselves and I and all Christians are commanded to have courage and fear not.

I don’t know if the Dade County State Attorney has produced something false to support their lie or they’re just lying.  I do know that the Dade County has my diary in their possession and it shows that on June 24, 2012 (the day after Rainey was murdered) I stated in my diary I didn’t do enough to stop Rainey’s murder.  Also, the DOJ, FBI, my family and media have copies of that same diary so they also know the Dade County State Attorney lied.

I did what I could prior to his murder, but I beyond all doubt I didn’t do enough to stop Rainey from being killed.

The extent to which the Dade County State Attorney will go to to not prosecute a law enforcement official for killing an African American in Dade County Florida is shocking.

African Americans are people too and they should be treated like such. Do you believe African Americans should be treated like people?  Do you believe Black Lives Matter?

Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you think can help us with getting justice for Darren Rainey.  Please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER

Caged Crusader