From June 2014 till May 2016, I was incarcerated in two Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Protective Management (PM) Units. During my time incarcerated in FDC PM Units, I knew and talked with numerous ex-Florida law enforcement officers and detectives who were incarcerated with me for all types of crimes committed in Florida. Several of these ex-law enforcement officials who were from Dade County, Florida showed a high interest in speaking with me when they found out I was the inmate who told the Miami Herald newspaper about the murder of Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional Institution. As ex-law enforcement officials from Dade County, Florida they had a lot of personal dealings with the Dade County, Florida State Attorney’s office and they thought I was wasting my time and hope, in thinking the Dade County State Attorney would prosecute those who killed Darren Rainey.
It was brought to my attention that I had personally met probably less than fifty caucasians from Dade county in my approximately fifteen years of incarceration and thousands of African American inmates from Dade County, Florida in that same time period. It was also said that the Dade County State Attorney only developed racist beliefs after day in day out dealing with so many arrests year after year of African Americans. The most shocking thing that was said was that the Dade County State Attorney commonly had the singer David Allen Coe playing in her office and that she and several Assistant State Attorneys found David Allen Coe’s music to not only be true but to also be funny. To those reading this blog who are not aware of who David Allen Coe is, he is said to be the most racist country singer in the World and a legend and an icon to the KKK skinheads and all white racists. David Allen Coe’s music is so racist he has been banned from performing in several states in America. I don’t know if what I was told is true, I just know what I was told. However, this is an issue that should be of great importance to all the citizens of Dade County, Florida and the World. Why? Because there is other things that show that the Dade County State Attorney is racist. If this information I got concerning the Dade County State Attorney is accurate then this is a serious problem.
If you’re not aware of who David Allen Coe is, I ask that you please google his name and read the materials you find. Also google David Allen Coe ‘X Rated Album.’ When you find his X Rated album you’ll see why he is considered to be the most racist country singer in the World. What type of State Attorney is representing the people of Dade County, Florida? In my blogs I’m doing all that I can to provide everybody with all the information I know so we can all join together and stand in love, unity and peace for the value of life. Darren Rainey’s life mattered and all lives matter. 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.
Harold Hempstead, ‘Caged Crusader’
I’m in need of any information you can provide me with concerning any African Americans who were killed by Dade County, Florida law enforcement officials and the Dade County, Florida State Attorney didn’t prosecute the case. Also, I’m in need of any information you have on any type of corruption involving the Dade County Florida State Attorney, Dade County Florida Medical Examiner and Miami-Dade Police Department.
If you have any newspaper articles or documents you can provide me on any of the foregoing, please send them to my friend Jeremy who manages this blog. I believe he’ll show me kindness in getting me copies of whatever documents, information, etc. you mail him. Thank you for your kindness.
Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you believe can help me with obtaining this information 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.
On Saturday 6/23/12 when Darren Rainey was murdered, I was housed in Wing J3-101. On Tuesday 6/26/12 I was moved from Wing J3-101 to Wing J1-117. On Wednesday 6/27/12 Dade C.I. Major McCarter called me out to speak in one of the offices in Wing J1. Several security staff were present to watch the Major question me.
How I deemed the foregoing was the major was trying to intimidate me to not say anything that could hurt staff. This caused me to do my best to get out of the office with him as quick as possible. The longer I was in the office with the Major, the more security staff would think the chance existed that I slipped and said something I wasn’t supposed to say about the Darren Rainey murder or something else in the Dade C.I. TCU. I was in and out of the office in approximately four minutes.
From approximately thirteen years of incarceration and legal studies, I knew the Major to some degree shared liability and my experience told me to not tell FDC (the Major) that FDC (the Major’s staff) killed an inmate and I was a witness that was going to talk and tell everything, until I first told people in society what happened. That way, if I was killed or mysteriously found dead, my family and people in society would know why. I thought I did good with my answers to the Major. The last question the Major asked me was if I had anything I wanted to say on anything. I told him “yes, isn’t the only important thing that they did their thirty-minute security checks?”
The Major responded, “yes – did they do their security checks?”
I responded, “yes. Officer Thompson found Rainey dead approximately twenty or twenty-five minutes after the last officers were in the wing.”
The Major said “ok Hempstead.”
When shift changed at 4:00pm, I knew it was in my best interest to tell Ofcs. Clarke and Thompson as quick as possible about the Major questioning me. By doing such, they’d think I didn’t have anything to hide. The 4:00 pm till 12:00 am shift started with officers Clarke and Thompson counting. Ofc. Clarke went by my cell too quick. I wasn’t able to stop him. I was able to stop Ofc. Thompson. When I told Ofc. Thompson the questions Major McCarter asked me and my answers etc. to the Major, he said “you told the Major I found Rainey dead?” I responded “yes. Why?”
Ofc. Thompson then yelled over to Ofc. Clarke and asked him to come over to where we were. When Ofc. Clarke got to where we were at, Ofc. Thompson asked me to tell Ofc. Clarke everything I just told him (Ofc. Thompson.) When I got done repeating everything, Ofc. Thompson said “you shouldn’t have told the Major I found Rainey. If anybody else ask, tell them Ofc. Clarke found Rainey dead.” Ofc. Clarke then said “yea. Tell them I found him.”
I responded, “why would you want me to say that? The cameras can prove that didn’t happen. There wasn’t a thirty-minute period between the time Ofc. Thompson found him and the time you came to the shower after Ofc. Thompson, and Rainey was reported dead. Security Checks are every thirty minutes. You won’t be able to say your check on Rainey was a Security Check.”
Ofc. Clarke then stated again, “if anybody else ask tell them I found Rainey dead.”
I responded, “I understand.”
To me. it was clear I was being told to lie and that there was a strong possibility these Ofcs. put on their Incident Reports that Ofc. Clarke found Rainey dead and not the truth which was that Ofc. Thompson actually found Rainey dead. In 2012 and 2013, I mailed the Dade County, Florida State Attorney’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office several letters wherein I explained the foregoing to them. From January 2013 till around the middle of 2015 I filed several Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Inmate Grievances explaining how these Ofcs. were directing me to lie if anybody else questioned me on who found Darren Rainey dead in the shower.
In my letters and grievances I explained how Ofc. Thompson actually found Rainey dead, that he left Rainey dead on the shower floor for approximately eight minutes to return to the officer station and tell his co-workers Rainey was dead, and then Ofc. Clarke came back and acted like he just found Rainey dead. Despite me consistently stating in my letters and grievances this issue since 2012, the Dade County State Attorney in her 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers, decided to believe the lies of these two Ofcs. instead of the truth which the mounted security cameras in Wing J3 supported.
In the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers, the State Attorney has her timeline of several things she alleged happened in Wing J3 on the night Rainey was killed. This timeline contends that at 9:13:32 Ofc. Thompson left from checking on Rainey in the shower and walked downstairs past my cell, and at 9:25:41 Ofc. Clarke entered Wing J3 to check on Rainey in the shower. By this timeline there was a time period of twelve minutes nine seconds between Ofc. Thompson’s visit to the shower when he found Rainey dead, and when Ofc. Clarke came back to the shower to act like he found Rainey dead. Ofc. Clarke said he found Rainey dead while doing a security check. Security checks are done in FDC every thirty minutes, not every twelve to fifteen minutes. Ofc. Clarke by FDC Rules had no reason to allegedly do a security check twelve minutes, nine seconds after Ofc. Thompson. The only reason he had to go back to the shower Rainey was in, twelve minutes after Ofc. Thompson checked on Rainey in the shower, was because Ofc. Thompson told Ofc. Clark and his other co-workers Rainey was dead in the shower.
The Dade County State Attorney in her 3/17/17 decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers chose to believe the lies of these Ofcs. and say that what I said was incorrect because these Ofcs. said something different from what I said. She said this even though:
(1) she knew since 2012 that these Ofcs. tried to get me to lie and say Ofc. Clarke found Rainey dead and not Ofc. Thompson;
(2) She knew that security checks in FDC were done every thirty minutes;
(3) The Wing J3 cameras showed Ofc. Clarke returning to the shower twelve minutes after Ofc. Thompson, which means it wasn’t a security check that caused him to return to the shower Rainey was already dead in.
Just like I refused to lie for Ofcs. Clarke and Thompson in 2012 (and since), I will not switch from the truth and tell a lie now. Those who killed Rainey will have to answer to God for killing Rainey, and their lies. The Dade County State Attorney and Medical Examiner and MDPD detectives assigned to the Rainey case will have to answer to God for not prosecuting Rainey’s killers and trying to cover up Rainey’s murder. Life is short. We’re born, we live, we die. As long as I’m living by the Grace of God, I’ll strive to manifest my love to the Lord by keeping his commandments (John 14:15).
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On 5/23/16 when I was placed in confinement under investigation at Martin Correctional Institution, Cpt. Scarpatti told me that somebody called the Martin C.I. Warden and the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Main Office saying there was a conspiracy to kill me.
On 5/24/16 I was transferred to Okeehobee C.I. Over the next about six weeks, FDC made several inconsistent statements to people in society contending different reasons why I was placed in confinement on 5/23/16. Not long after I arrived at Okeechobee C.I. I was interviewed by two men professing to be Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents, alleging they were investigating a conspiracy to kill me. A few months after I arrived at Okeechobee C.I. I was advised by the Okeechobee C.I. Warden that two calls were made to the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers contending that FDC prison staff were conspiring to kill me and FDC prison staff with the Inspector General’s Office were altering paperwork concerning me. The paperwork he was reading from also made reference to prison staff who were allegedly conspiring to kill me being members of the KKK. The two Crime Stoppers case numbers that appeared on the paperwork he was reading from were 104-65509 and 104-65662. Because I was never placed in Confinement or Protection over the foregoing, I was caused to believe FDC was trying to sweep these alleged calls under the rug. This caused me to think there might have been some truthfulness to these calls. In December 2016, I was transferred from Okeechobee C.I. to Hardee C.I. I felt that pursuing an investigation into these calls more seriously while at Hardee C.I. would be in my best interest so in January 2017 I drafted a sworn affidavit wherein I provided all the details I knew on these alleged calls. I mailed this sworn affidavit to approximately two dozen people in the State and Federal Government, media, Civil Rights groups, etc.. As of the date that I’m writing this blog, I haven’t been able to find out who was behind these alleged calls to Crime Stoppers or any new information other than what I placed in my January 2017 sworn affidavit. I mailed my sister Windy and Jeremy copies of this January 2017 sworn affidavit. I don’t if this sworn affidavit has been placed on this blog yet. If it has, I hope that my friend Jeremy provides a note at the end of this blog on how you can find this sworn affidavit on this blog-site.
The KKK is the oldest Caucasian brotherhood in Florida. Since the KKK started being rebuilt in the nineteen twenties, they’ve strived to get their members in positions where they can be most effective in strengthening up their brotherhood and spreading their beliefs to Caucasians that can further their goals. The KKK still has low-ranking knights and it is oftentimes the low-ranking knights that have done things that are deemed inappropriate, that have got the attention of the media (and government) and that oppose the primary goals of the KKK. The KKK has bylaws that explain that the KKK is supposed to be a secret society and that only literature and activities approved by the Imperial Grand Wizard can be made known or public to those who are outside of the brotherhood. It is a well-known fact by FDC staff and inmates that a very large quantity of FDC staff are members of the KKK and to think that the South (and especially Florida) doesn’t no longer have a large number of racist and KKK members in it, is to not know the history of the South and Florida.
It is sad that there’s still so much racism in our country and especially in Florida but it’s a fact that we have to accept. I know that my quest for justice for the murder of Darren Rainey and my activism against the unconstitutional conditions of FDC has brought a lot of attention and legal related issues to an agency that employs a large number of KKK members. Did I upset the Florida KKK members by doing the foregoing? I know that since 2014 FDC staff have called me all types of racial related names for taking a stand for a dead black man (Darren Rainey), such as ‘The Nigger Activist,’ ‘Nigger-Lover’ and ‘Nigger in White Man Skin, etc.. Also, I know that FDC is well aware of my communications with outside agencies concerning criminal activity and racism in FDC.
If anyone reading this blog can help me obtain an audio copy or verbatim printout of the alleged Crime Stopper calls mentioned herein I’d greatly appreciate it.
I’m a Protestant Reformed Presbyterian-in-America Christian who believes that I’m biblically commanded to take a stand for the value of life and help those who cannot help themselves. I believe all that people are equal. If Darren Rainey was an oriental man, Spanish man, a member of the KKK, or blue, green or orange man I still would of took a stand for the value of his life. Why? Because right is right and wrong is wrong. Will you please share this blog with your friends and anybody you believe would like to join us in our fight for the value of life? Will you please sign our petition on Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.
Harold Hempstead, a.k.a. ‘Caged Crusader’
On 6/23/12 Darren Rainey was brutally killed in a shower that reached temperatures in excess of 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit (TCU). The Miami Dade Police Department was assigned to investigate the Rainey murder that same night, but they didn’t actually start investigating said murder till June 2014. What caused them to start their investigation in June 2014? The Miami Herald newspaper published weeks of articles on how the police were refusing to investigate said murder.
In June 2014, when police started their investigation I was one of the inmate-witnesses they interviewed in June 2014 about the Rainey murder. Following the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 decision not to prosecute in the Rainey case, the Miami Herald Newspaper ordered all the public records in the Rainey case which included audio copies of all the interviews the police conducted. As of 4/19/17 I’ve been told by a Miami Herald representative that the Dade County State Attorney turned over audio copies of all the interviews the police conducted with everybody but me. Also, I was told that the Dade County State Attorney said the alleged reason why her office didn’t provide an audio copy of my interview with the police was because they didn’t have it, and the MDPD was still in possession of it. Now tell me this doesn’t sound like more foul play. Why would the MDPD provide the audio recordings they conducted with everybody but me to the State Attorney? Does the Dade County State Attorney have the audio recording of my interview, and they just don’t want to turn it over to the Herald because the State Attorney knows she lied several times on me in her 3/17/17 memorandum and to the media about things she alleged I told the police? Does the Miami-Dade Police Department still have the audio recording of my interview and they don’t want to turn it over to the Dade County State Attorney, because the police told the Dade County State Attorney I told them things that I didn’t say? Are the Dade County Florida State Attorney and/or MDPD refusing to provide an audio copy of my June 2014 interview with the police until one or both of these agencies can add or subtract things from my interview to suit their lies? These are questions that I have about matters that I’d like to know. There are several things that concern my June 2014 interview with the police that I don’t need to ask any questions on. I know I didn’t say several things in my police interview that the Dade County State Attorney alleged I said since 3/17/17. I know when the police were interviewing me they were doing their best to limit my answers and evidence I was trying to provide to the degree that I said something about it more than once. I know that MDPD detective Sanchez told me prior to the interview that the Miami Herald had published several articles on the Rainey murder in the weeks prior to them interviewing me in June 2014, and later on I found out that the majority of those articles were on how the MDPD was refusing to do their job and investigate the Rainey murder. I know these news articles got the police in some trouble and got them mad. Other than all of the foregoing that I do know, I know one more thing which is: there’s no logical reason why the audio interview I had with the police wasn’t turned over to the media with all the other audio interviews but for foul play with the MDPD and Dade County Florida State Attorney.
Is it too much to ask that the law be followed in the Rainey case? Is it too much to expect Dade County officials to do their jobs that they swore oaths to do?
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Harold Hempstead, a.k.a. ‘Caged Crusader,’ Tennessee D.C., April 2017
In prior blogs I mentioned how I believed the Dade County Florida State Attorney refused to prosecute Rainey’s killers because Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner and to the Dade County State Attorney Rainey’s life wasn’t worth how much it’d cost to prosecute his killers. I’m in prison with no access to the internet and limited access to a telephone. I believe if I can prove the Dade County Florida State Attorney has no history of refusing to prosecute law enforcement officials for unlawfully killing Caucasians or Christians, it will support my position more, that a motivating factor in why the Dade County State Attorney didn’t prosecute Rainey’s killers was because Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner. If I had access to the internet and unlimited access to a phone, I could thoroughly research this issue within 2 or 3 hours. Since I don’t have the foregoing, I don’t want you to think I haven’t researched this issue. Those who know me fairly good, know that I have a strong belief that nobody should ever assert something without any evidence. If I was to assert something based on no evidence, I’d be engaging in unsupported speculation. In other words, giving you my opinion based on no evidence. Now it is obvious that I can only speak based on the knowledge that I have. As long as my statements are only consistent with what I know / the level of knowledge that I have, then I cannot be charged with lying – something all Christians and people with morals should strive against doing. If I make assertions based on what I know and somebody comes along who knows more than me on said subject and presents evidence that my assertions are not accurate, I haven’t proven to be a liar. However, it would be proven that person has knowledge I didn’t have prior to making my assertion.
I have taken the position that one of the motivating factors in why the Dade County State Attorney has decided to not prosecute Darren Rainey’s killers is because Darren Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner. I also believe there’s substantial evidence to prove murder in the Rainey case.
I’m asking for the help of those who are reading this blog. Will you please search the internet and provide me with one newspaper article from the Miami Herald, Miami Times or any respected newspaper that present facts that show (1) That since Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been the Dade County Florida State Attorney, her office has refused to prosecute a law enforcement official for unlawfully killing a Caucasian or Christian who was unarmed and not a physical threat to the police or others. (2) The Caucasian or Christian had to be unarmed and not a physical threat to police or others. If the Caucasian or Christian was armed or a physical threat to others then law enforcement was to some degree justified in the action they took. In the Rainey case the government admits that Rainey was unarmed and not a threat to police or others. (3) The newspaper article must specifically reference how the Dade County Florida State Attorney has refused to prosecute a law enforcement official for unlawfully killing a Caucasian or Christian. The evidence that I’m specifically needing is this: (1) Evidence that the law enforcement official who unlawfully killed the Caucasian or Christian wasn’t prosecuted by the Dade County State Attorney’s Office since Katherine Rundle has been the Dade County, Florida State Attorney. (2) Evidence that the person killed was a Caucasian or Christian. (3) Evidence that the person killed was unarmed and not a physical threat to police or others. It should be noted that if there was any evidence showing that law enforcement believed the Caucasian or Christian was armed (even though he or she wasn’t) then law enforcement was still to some degree justified in the force they used. As long as they had some evidence to believe such. I know you might disagree with me, but as a Certified Paralegal I know Florida law doesn’t. If you can’t find me an article from a respected newspaper or even a respected magazine that can provide the above evidence, I’ll also accept any State or Federal document that can provide the above evidence. Please look at what I’m specifically requesting, because if you provide me with anything other than what I’m specifically requesting, I won’t be able to use it / it won’t be helpful. I need facts/evidence. Not opinions. I really want those who are reading this to please look at how I construct my words in this blog to try and get help at finding specific evidence to support a specific position. I believe if you research you won’t find any articles by respected newspapers or magazines or any State or Federal documents on all of the above. Keep in mind I need all of what I’m requesting – not just some of it. The reason why I’m being so specific is because I need facts/evidence to present to the Department of Justice and Civil Rights leaders. I can’t present opinions/speculation to them. I want to read anything you’d like for me to read concerning the matters herein. Please feel free to provide Jeremy with any articles, documents, etc. you’d like for me to read. If you don’t provide me with what I requested herein, I’ll take the position that nothing could be found on the internet. I strive to know the facts/evidence and to never present unsupported speculation/opinions. I ask you, will you please help me see if there’s any articles by respected newspapers or magazines or any State or Federal documents on the internet that provide the specific facts/evidence listed herein that shows the Dade County State Attorney’s Office under Katherine Rundle’s leadership has refused to prosecute a law enforcement official for unlawfully killing a Caucasian or Christian? Please look because I believe you won’t find what I’m looking for. Also please understand that by encouraging you to help me research, if you don’t find what I’m specifically looking for, you’ve aided me in proving that a motivating factor in why Katherine Rundle has decided to not prosecute Rainey’s killers was because Darren Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner and to Ms. Rundle his life wasn’t worth how much it’d cost to prosecute Rainey’s killers.
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.