Gregory Shevlin was one of the most worked orderlies in the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit in 2011 and 2012.  We worked together as orderlies more days than any other orderlies in the TCU in 2011 and 2012.  On the day Darren Rainey was killed Shevlin was one of the two orderlies working.  I didn’t know the events that happened with Shevlin on the night Rainey was murdered until a few days after Rainey’s murder.  On the day Rainey was murdered, Shevlin slept in Wing J1 and I slept in Wing J3 of the TCU.  A few days after Rainey was murdered, I was able to see Shevlin for the first time since Rainey’s murder where I could actually speak with him.  It was at a group meeting with several other inmates.  Shevlin was expressing to Dr Cesar and the rest of the group that he was mad because Sgt. Fanfan wrote him a Disciplinary Report for refusing to clean up the feaces in Darren Rainey’s cell on the night Rainey was killed.  Shevlin said that on the night Rainey was killed, after Ofc. Clarke took Rainey out of his cell to escort him to the shower, Sgt. Fanfan told Shevlin to clean Rainey’s cell.  Shevlin said that when he looked in Rainey’s cell and seen the feaces, he told Sgt. Fanfan he wasn’t “going to clean it up,” to “get Hempstead.”  

Sgt. Fanfan then told Shevlin to lockdown in his cell and that he would be receiving a Disciplinary Report for disobeying a verbal order.  Shevlin said when he got back to his cell he was mad so he took a razor and made a big cut on the top (not the palm) of his hand.  Shevlin further said that as Sgt. Fanfan and the security staff dealt with the issues going on with Darren Rainey, he (Shevlin) stood in his cell bleeding.  He said security staff refused to help him so he almost bleed out and had to go to the hospital late on the night Rainey was killed.  Shevlin knew I had been studying law for a long time, so while he was sharing the foregoing with all of us, he asked if I’d help him “fight the Disciplinary Report.”  He wanted to get it thrown-out.  I of course said yes.  I wanted to see the Disciplinary Report right away.  I knew the Disciplinary Report and the events that happened with Shevlin on the night Darren Rainey was killed was more evidence to prove Rainey’s murder.  

Gregory Shevlin’s nickname was ‘New York.’  He was a very loud and vocal inmate when he wanted to be.  The Disciplinary Report Shevlin received and the medical records relating to Shevlin cutting his hand on the night Rainey was killed are evidence.  Another thing that I’d like to point out is that when prison staff, medical staff and law enforcement were at Dade C.I. on the night of Rainey’s murder, Shevlin was in the same general area of all of these people.  If I know Gregory Shevlin like I believe I do, I can assure that my old vocal work-partner made sure that everybody he seen on the night Rainey was killed knew what was going on with him (Shevlin.)  

Finally, the cell Shevlin was housed in on the night Rainey was killed (even though it was in Wing J1) had a direct view of the shower Rainey was killed in (even though the shower was in Wing J3.)  What this means is, when Shevlin was in his cell bleeding on the night Rainey was killed, he could see (but not hear) everything going on with Rainey in Wing J3.

Obviously all of the foregoing made Gregory Shevlin a very important witness and all the documents relating to what happened with Shevlin are very important to prove Darren Rainey’s murder.  I provided all of this information and a lot more details to the MDPD, Dade County Medical Examiner and State Attorney, and Department of Justice and FBI.  When I seen on page 42 of the Dade County, Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers, that the MDPD interviewed Shevlin while he was still housed in the Dade C.I. TCU, I could only say “why?”  

Why would the MDPD interview Shevlin while he was housed in the Dade C.I. TCU where inmate-patients had a long history of being murdered, tortured, starved and abused?  They knew Shevlin was an important witness and that he’d have to be willing to place his life in danger to speak about what he knew about the Darren Rainey murder while he was still housed in the TCU.  

Why would they place Shevlin’s life in danger?  The detective assigned to the Darren Rainey murder case had been in law enforcement for many, many years.  They knew what they were doing.  They knew they were placing Shevlin in danger.  They knew they were placing Shevlin in a position to not tell them (the police) everything he witnessed on the night Rainey was killed.  The MDPD interviewed Gregory Shevlin while he was housed in the Dade C.I. TCU because they didn’t want Shevlin to tell them what he witnessed and knew about the Rainey murder.  

Another thing I noticed when I was reading the Dade County State Attorney’s 3/17/17 decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers was there was no references to the Disciplinary Report Shevlin received or any of the other documents relating to what happened with Shevlin on the night Rainey was killed.  I believe it’s reasonable to say the State Attorney, police and medical examiner in the Rainey case didn’t even try to obtain the foregoing report and documents.  Why?  Because these agencies didn’t want to prosecute Rainey’s killers so they didn’t take the investigation into Rainey’s murder serious and the police interviewed Shevlin in the Dade C.I. TCU knowing that would place him in a position to not talk about what he witnessed and knew about Rainey’s murder.  Why do you think all these problems have happened with the Rainey case that I’ve presented and will continue to present if it’s God’s will?  I believe the answer is obvious, and so obvious it really doesn’t require repeating because of how many times I mentioned it in other blogs.  However, because this might be the first blog you read that was written by me, I’m compelled to state again what I’ve stated in so many other blogs.  To the Dade County, Florida State Attorney and Miami-Dade Police Department, Rainey’s life wasn’t worth how much it’d cost to prosecute his killers.  Why?  Because Rainey came from a poor family, he was a black, mentally disabled Muslim prisoner, in prison for minor possession of drugs.  It shouldn’t matter what or who Rainey was.  What should matter is Rainey’s life had value.  What should matter is those who tortured and killed Rainey violated state and federal law.  Will you please join us in our quest for justice for the murder of Darren Rainey?  Will you please join us in our fight for the value of life?  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.

Caged Crusader


Florida D.C.’s Dangerous Games With Free Speech USA

“He squeezed my throat and said, “you could have had a serious accident, but instead your being spared.  Don’t forget that.  You hear me?”

When the Sgt. let go of my throat, Cpt. Schrank said, “you really p-ssed off the wrong person.”

More testimony of violent assault, serious retaliation and attempted repression of free speech of the Rainey murder witness Harold Hempstead, by Florida Department of Corrections staff.

A few weeks before the night when he was awoken in the small hours, knocked around and transported to Tennessee – on the very same day the Rundle report was released – Harold Hempstead, the key-witness in the torture/murder of Darren Rainey, wrote a sworn affidavit about some of the retaliation he’s received from the Florida Department of Corrections. 

Here’s a brief account from Harold on the manner of his departure from Florida: 

“When I was being escorted from my cell to the front of Hardee C.I., Cpt. Schrank was telling Sgt. Hamilton (one of the 2 staff escorting me) that Hardee C.I. Warden Lamb was waken by Tallahassee just a few hours prior to 3.30am and told to over see my leaving Hardee C.I. to go to RMC.  Hardee C.I. records will show that Travis Lamb got to the compound after midnight to over see my leaving Hardee C.I. When we got to the main control area another Sgt. working Main Control told Cpt. Schrank that Warden Lamb just dropped off my Classification and Medical Records.

While in front of the Main Control area, Cpt.Schrank told Sgt. Hamilton “Serg. It’s on you.”  Sgt. Hamilton then slapped me with an open hand.  Ofc. Cabrara helped me back up, as he was saying “Get up Hempstead”  Ofc. Cabrara then held me from behind by both my arms, as Sgt. Hamilton grabbed my throat.  He squeezed my throat and said, “you could have had a serious accident, but instead your being spared.  Don’t forget that.  You hear me?”

When the Sgt. let go of my throat, Cpt. Schrank said, “you really p-ssed off the wrong person.  Think about what he said and think about it hard.”  This was the only incident I had where a staff physically battered me, and it happened obviously as a result of my sworn affidavits and letter to Miguel that I previously mentioned, and it happened on the day I was Interstate-Compacted.  When Ofc. Cabrara let me go he punched me in my lower back. 

I was told prior to leaving my cell at 3.30am to go up to the front of Hardee C.I. by Cpt. Schrank, that my property would be thrown in the trash.

On 3/21/17 I filed 5 grievances here on everything that happened on 3/17/17 , and on 3/22/17 I filed another grievance addressing the events that happened on 3/17/17.”

The following document speaks for itself, so I won’t say too much about it.  One thing that does seem hugely significant however, is that FDC seem to be implying that they could not adequately protect Harold Hempstead in General Population in any prison in Florida, allegedly due to his high-profile status as a witness to official wrong-doing – he’s publicly accused guards of murder and torture, as well as exposing many other extremely serious matters.    This makes a mockery of FDC Secretary Julie Jones’ recent memo to the entire department stating that there was a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy towards retaliation of any kind.  The fact that FDC cannot protect Harold Hempstead surely proves that it is failing to do the job it exists for – to safely and legally contain those sentenced to be held in state-custody.  You see, it’s not protection from other inmates that Julie Jones’ department said Harold needed – but rather protection from those sworn to uphold the law and the constitution, namely the staff of the Florida Department of Corrections.


To:  Federal Bureau of Investigations, Attn:  James Killpatrick, 3725 South East 14th Court, Homestead, Florida 33035.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Attn:  Commissioner Rick Swearingen, P.O. Box 1489,  Tallahassee, Florida 32302.

James Cook, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 10021, Tallahassee, Florida 33302.

Miami Herald Newspaper, Attn:  Julie Brown, 3511 Northwest 91st Avenue, Miami, Florida 33172.

Immediately following the May 18 and 19, 2014 Miami Herald news articles on the murder of Darren Rainey and other matters at Dade Correctional Institution (Dade C.I.) I was placed on Protective Management (PM) status based on Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) staff contending I had statewide protection issues with FDC staff (especially from Dade County) as a result of my link to the high profile investigations into the murder of Darren Rainey and the torturing of mentally disabled inmates at Dade C.I.

Around the beginning of March 2016 till May 25, 2016, the Martin C.I. administration (i.e. Elizabeth Mallard, Mr Parrish, Mr Swineberg, Colonel Reid, and Ms Posten) subjected me to numerous forms of retaliation after they discovered I was communicating with the media, Civil Rights groups, etc. about the unconstitutional conditions of FDC PM units.  I reported this retaliation to the FDC Inspector General’s office in 16 calls that I made via the prison TIP line.  The following mailbox numbers were assigned to these calls:  calls made on 5/8/16: 971527, 127485, 316384, 188725, 812239 (this last number might be off by one number.  It’s one of the 5 calls I made on 5/8/16.)  Calls made on 5/15/16:  168806, 593692, 829299, 144286.  Call made on 5/23/16: 611038.  FDC procedure says these calls have to be saved for one year.

In addition to the above, I mailed letters and sworn affidavits to the Governor’s Chief Inspector General’s office, Melinda Miguel, that her office received on the following dates:  March 7, 30, 2016;  April 29, 2016;  and May 23, 24, 25 2016.  These letters and affidavits were given the following case number:  201512140002.  The following case numbers might also be helpful:  201511120004 and 201412110006 (letters received on November 12, 2015;  December 1, 15, 2015;  January 5, 2016;  February 16, 23, 2016.

Martin C.I. staff’s retaliatory actions they took against me to have me physically harmed because of me asserting my First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech in communicating with the media, civil rights groups, etc. about the unconstitutional conditions of FDC PM units violated my First Amendment Rights.  The FDC Inspector General’s Office’s failure to investigate my prison TIP calls and letters I mailed to the Chief Inspector General’s  Office and that her office forwarded to the FDC Inspector General’s Office violated the statutory duties of FDC Inspector General’s Office as clearly set forth in Florida Statute : 944.31.  Several Miami Herald news articles published between May 2014, and the date listed below talk about the failure of the FDC Inspector General’s Office to conduct investigations into issues that happened in FDC.  The FDC Inspector General’s Office under the leadership of Lester Fernandez is following in the shoes of his predecessor in not following the duties that his office is obligated to follow under Florida Statute : 944.31.  Also, FDC Region 4 Director Thomas Reid failed to comply with Governor Rick Scott’s May 8, 2015 Executive Order (Number 15 – 102) which states in Section 1.3 “each Director must ensure that each Correctional Facility in the Director’s assigned region maintains a retaliatory free environment, both for staff and inmates.”

On May 24, 2016 I was placed in Administrative Confinement pending a PM investigation.  Originally I was told this was because somebody called Martin C.I Warden Mallard and the FDC Main Office and said staff and inmates were involved with a plot to kill me.  FDC told people in society almost the same thing as they told me.  In the months to follow, FDC staff switched their statement 2 to 3 times concerning why I was placed in Administrative Confinement on May 24, 2016.  I was placed under this investigation prior to being formally released from PM back to General Population.

On May 25, 2016 I was transferred by van from Martin C.I. to Okeechobee C.I.  My sister and I were later told by Thomas Reid that he directed I go by van directly to Okeechobee C.I. and not through South Florida Reception Centre, because of my sister’s May 2016 emails to the FBI, and because he knew my life would be in danger in Miami at SFRC.  It should be noted that for the 23 months I was on PM, FDC continued to say I had serious protection issues with FDC staff who knew me from Dade C.I., and Thomas Reid and Stephen Parker directed that the first institution I transfer to after being released from PM, was an institution that had 3 former Dade C.I. staff working at it that knew me from Dade C.I. (i.e. Warden Lars Severson, Ofc. Cooper, and Ms. Hall) and the wife of Dade C.I. Colonel Royce Marlow who I worked for as an orderly in the Dade C.I. TCU, and who was the Colonel at Dade C.I. the 6 months that the shower was being used as a torturing devise and on the night Darren Rainey was murdered in the shower.  Lars Severson, Ms. Hall, and Colonel Marlow all worked inside of the Dade C.I.TCU.

From May 25, 2016 till December 21, 2016, several attempts were made by Okeechobee C.I. staff to have me killed.  They made several attempts to label me as a snitch with the inmates at Okeechobee C.I. knowing that in most situations an inmate could be killed if he’s labelled as a snitch.  The only thing that prevented me from being killed was that a large quantity of the inmate population at Okeechobee C.I. was aware that staff had bad feelings toward me because of my documented prior communications with the media, civil rights groups, etc. about the murder of Darren Rainey and numerous other forms of misconduct by FDC staff.  The inmates that knew my past knew that FDC staff were falsely labelling me and they advised the other inmates on the compound of their belief.

In July 2016, I met with 2 men that said they were with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.   They said they were investigating an allegation made to crime stoppers concerning a plot to kill me at Martin C.I. involving staff and inmates.

Between August 2016 and December 2016, I met with Okeechobee C.I. Warden Lars Severson several times.  In 3 of our meetings we discussed him receiving information from somebody he wouldn’t identify alleging that somebody had made several calls to the “Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers (1-800-273-8477)”  alleging that there was a plot to kill me involving Okeechobee C.I. staff, and that FDC staff were involved with destroying and altering paperwork relating to plots to allegedly kill me at Martin C.I. and Okeechobee C.I.  In one of these meetings I was able to write the above 800 number and these 2 crime stopper case numbers down when he stepped out of the office for a minute:  Case numbers 104-65509 and 104-65662.  The paperwork that Lars Severson was reading from alleged  that the FDC Inspector General’s Office was involved with the altering and destruction of documents relating to me.  Lars Severson asked me what I thought about the calls and who did I think was behind it.  He further told me that as long as I’m at Okeechobee C.I., if I tell anybody in society about the calls he’d have to place me in confinement, because the calls named staff at Okeechobee C.I.  The paper I read when Lars Severson stepped out of the office named him, Cpt.Lankford, and Sgts. Sanders and Hunter.  Lars Severson didn’t tell me the names that the caller mentioned or that those mentioned were allegedly members of the Okeechobee  chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.  Lars Severson said he spoke with all his staff and he would ensure I’d be safe.  He said he believed an inmate made the calls.

On December 21, 2016 I was transferred from Okeechobee C.I. into Miami to SFRC.  In the less than a day I was there, I was labelled as a snitch by staff to an inmate and threatened to be killed if I didn’t stop talking about Dade C.I. and FDC.

While in transit at SFRC, CFRC, and upon my December 27, 2016 arrival to Hardee C.I. all the security staff present to some degree or another forced me to carry my approximately 5 boxes of property when I had a valid Medical Pass stating I’m not to lift anything over 15 pounds, nor was I to push or pull anything.  Staff forced me to lift said property when I was wearing a wrist support for my broken right wrist with cysts in it, and back-brace for my reduced cordis and back damage.  Now as a result of the foregoing my right leg and foot has been numb since around December 27, 2016.  Especially from my knee down, my right foot is about 75 percent numb.

Since my May 19, 2014 Transfer from Dade C.I. because of my link to the high profile investigations into the murder of Darren Rainey and the events that happened at Dade C.I., I’ve received 5 convicted killers as cellmates.  TJ was a meth and crack cocaine abuser in society who after being awake for days at a time would start stabbing and shooting people from hallucinations.  Eventually he killed a man and got placed in prison.  He was also a Satanist.  While housed with me he abused several drugs that made him stay awake for days at a time.  Medical and security had to remove him from my cell 2 times because he overdosed.  The next cellmate he had after I transferred from Columbia C.I. he stabbed in the eye with a pen and almost killed.  (i.e. JN.)  TS who was a convicted killer was addicted to spice which made him hallucinate and become violent.  FDC classification staff dismissed a disciplinary report he had for possession of spice so they could place him in a cell with me.  After Martin C.I. staff found-out that I had been communicating with the media, civil rights groups etc. about the conditions of FDC PM units they took me out of the cell I was housed in by myself and placed me in a cell with convicted killer RD (who was also in prison for sexual battery).  Following D, I was placed in a cell with JP who was a crack cocaine abuser in society who killed an older white lady in society and burned down her house.  Within a day of my December 27, 2016 arrival to Hardee C.I., I filed 3 informal grievances on housing issues prior to arrival to Hardee C.I.  On December 30, 2016 Hardee C.I. housing Sgt. Johnson called me to the property room to talk with her about my grievances.  One of the grievances I filed was on how I received 4 convicted killers as cellmates prior to my arrival to Hardee C.I.  Upon my arrival to Hardee C.I. I wasn’t given a cellmate.  Because New Year’s Day fell on Sunday FDC made New Year’s Day weekend to be from December 31, 2016 till January 2, 2017.  Accordingly, the next business working day that followed my December 30, 2016 conversation with Sgt. Johnson fell on January 3, 2017.  Sgt. Johnson, the next business working day after I spoke with her about receiving convicted killers as cellmates moved convicted killer TP into my cell.  A google search of the news articles on TP will reveal that he also has a history of abusing drugs that make him stay awake for days at a time and hallucinate.  I’m in prison for burglaries and dealing in stolen property.  None of the alleged victims were in their homes during the alleged commission of the burglaries.  My criminal case record will show that I’m convicted under a ringleader theory as a principal (Fla. Stat. : 777.011) and the legislative history of the organized dealing in stolen property charge I’m convicted under (Fla. Stat. : 812.019 (2)) will show my conviction is as a white collar criminal.  Also, FDC’s ‘Inmate Risk Management System / Sexual Risk Indicator’ (IRMS/SRI) system has me listed as an “identified prey” (IPY) and I have almost 8 years with no disciplinary reports in FDC.  In other words, FDC continues to house me with violent convicted drug using killers ever since I first started speaking with the media, civil rights groups, etc. about the Darren Rainey murder and other abuses by FDC staff.  The IRMS / SRI system and Fla. Stat. 944.012 (6) (B) prohibits the housing of violent inmates with non-violent inmates identified as preys.  FDC records will show that FDC has had a problem with cellmates killing and seriously harming their cellmates for many years now.

Since my December 27, 2016 arrival at Hardee C.I., I’ve discovered that a few staff at Hardee have a tendency to engage in retaliation against inmates who file grievances.  I was told that Sgt. Johnson has a history of doing such.  One of the things I was told Sgt. Johnson has a history of doing is placing the grievance filing inmate in a cell with an inmate she knows will not get along with him;  and that she has a practice of housing grievance filing inmates that she doesn’t like in C-dorm.  C-dorm houses the majority  of Hardee C.I.’s gang members.  A lot of them are also housed in B and D dorms.  By housing them in Hardee C.I.’s most violent dorms she knows they’ll eventually be hurt and possibly killed.

I’m requesting that the FBI and FDLE conduct investigations into these matters.


Under penalty of perjury, I swear that everything mentioned herein is true and correct.

Executed on this   day of January 2017.

Affiant:  (Signature of Harold Hempstead appears here on original manuscript)

Harold Hempstead, D.C.# 268866, 62-102 Lower, Hardee Correctional Institution, 6901 State Road 62, Bowling Green, Florida 33834

C.C.  Howard Simon (ACLU of Florida)

Steven Wetstein (Stop Prison Abuse Now)

Randal Berg (Florida Justice Institute)

Craig Patrick (WTVT Fox 13 Tampa)

Eyal Press (New Yorker Magazine)

Michele Gillen (CBS4 Miami)

Clair McNeill (Tampa Bay Times)

Melinda Miguel (Chief Inspector General for the Governor)

Lester Fernandez (FDC Inspector General’s Office)

Windy Hempstead

Susan Chandler

George Mallinckrodt

Jeremy Schanche

David Richardson (Florida Senator)

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Harold Hempstead Free Speech USA 2017
 Jeremy Schanche can be reached via the contact page.

St.Petersburg P.D. Exploit 13 Year Old In ‘Worst Form Of Child Labor’ Then Dump Him


A 13 year old is not an adult and is not mature enough to carry the responsibilities of an adult.  It’s an impressionable age, when kids need guidance to prepare them for the world.  This is why we have laws to protect young people from exploitation, child-labour, etc. yet the law failed to protect Harold Hempstead.  From the age of 13 he was employed by various police departments in Florida in multiple, dangerous undercover operations.  Rather than allow him a chance at a normal existence, the police took a vulnerable young person and used him illegally for their own purposes.

In acting as it did, the State did a great disservice to Harold Hempstead and took from him something that can’t be replaced – his youth.  A lot of his problems seem to stem from his willingness to expose crime and wrongdoing within the police departments he was working for. 

Many of the operations he was involved with used entrapment and ‘stings’ to supposedly fight crime.  After he was arrested for allegedly possessing stolen goods, his long history of serving the State as a Confidential Informant was ruled ‘inadmissible’ at his trial, and was kept from his Department of Corrections file for several years, leading to Harold living with the constant threat of retaliation from those prisoners he had brought to justice in the past.

The State broke the law by employing and endangering the youthful Harold Hempstead.  His actions had helped protect society from some very dangerous criminals, yet certain people working for the State saw to it that he was not even afforded the basic minimum protection entitled by his status.

When you consider the sentencing-judge saying “I hope you die in jail” and handing down a one hundred and sixty five year sentence for non-violent property-crimes, with no hope of parole, it poses the question  whether Harold Hempstead was imprisoned for possessing someone else’s property or for daring to expose the crimes of the police. 


To:  Julie Brown, 3511 Northwest 91st Avenue, Miami, Florida 33172

Craig Patrick, 3213 West Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33609

Michelle Gillen, 8900 Northwest 18th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33172

Eyal Press, Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10003

Rachel Hoffman (a 23 year old) college student had been a Confidential Informant (CI) for the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) for 2 weeks when she was killed in an undercover operation gone bad.  Rachel’s murder lead to the Florida Legislature passing Rachel’s Law (Fla. Stat. : 914.28) which governs the usage of CIs in Florida, and to a substantial amount of media attention on college students, etc. being used by law enforcement as CIs.

The St.Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) recruited the affiant to work as a paid CI when he was 13 years old.  The affiant’s juvenile recruitment as a paid CI violated state (Fla. Stat. : 450.012) and federal child labor laws.  Federal law defines affiants’ work as one of the “worst forms of child labor” because the nature or circumstances in which it was carried-out, was likely to harm the health, safety, or morals of the affiant  (19 USC : 2467 (6) (D) ).

From age 13, to age the 23, affiant was involved to some degree or another in dozens of undercover investigations with several different law enforcement agencies in the Tampa Bay area.

Affiant received training by law enforcement in the following areas:  Intelligence gathering, how to protect my identity, undercover operations, street fronts, infiltration, entrapment, debriefing and more.

During affiants’ trial the court prohibited him from introducing into evidence any testimony, or evidence concerning affiants’ prior CI activities even though all the detectives that testified knew affiant was a CI for law enforcement, and 3 of the detectives, the affiant had previously worked for as a CI.

The purpose of this affidavit is to bring to light what I was previously prevented from disclosing, and hopefully to obtain help in addressing events that happened while I was employed as a CI for law enforcement.


1} In 2015, the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office disclosed a report proving that in 1993 the SPPD arrested affiant on 2 frivolous charges.  The report states that at the time the affiant allegedly committed the charges he was working as a CI for several detectives, and that there wasn’t any evidence to support the charges.  The foregoing frivolous arrest happened within approximately 90 days of affiant reporting that a SPPD detective was committing sexual crimes against children.

2} In 2015, the SPPD disclosed Police Reports from when affiant was working as a CI for SPPD in 1992 and 1993.  Three of these reports list affiant as “completely reliable”.  The facts in the reports further show that affiant was deemed reliable, and that several people were arrested in the investigations that affiant was involved with.

3} In 2000, SPPD Detective John Mosely testified that he confirmed the intelligence affiant provided in 1998 and 1999.  This detective also testified at an evidentiary hearing that the SPPD reinstituted contact with affiant in 1998 based on affiants’ prior work for them in the early nineties.  If affiant was unreliable in the early nineties, Detective Mosely wouldn’t have made this statement.

4} The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) verified affiants’ employment for the SPPD (going back prior to 1992), the FBI, DEA, etc., and that he was associated with the arrests of dozens of individuals.


In 1992 affiant was working the neighbourhood of 9th Avenue North and 9th Street as a CI.  The SPPD was providing affiant with money to aid in paying the rent on a one bedroom apartment in said neighbourhood.  The apartment was being used as a residence for 3 juvenile females (between the ages of 14 and 16) that were acting as escorts.  Two of the juvenile females were runaways.  SPPD detective Michael Brown authorized affiant to use the foregoing apartment, and females as a front to infiltrate criminal activity in the neighbourhood.  Detective Brown and other detectives visited the apartment several times in an undercover capacity.  The SPPD never reported the runaways or charged them with any crimes.  Affiant was 16 years of age in 1992. 

In 1992 and 1993, affiant attended the Police Athletic (PAL) on a regular basis to play pool and basketball.  In 1993, rumors started being spread that SPPD Detective Michael Brown who also frequented PAL was sexually molesting juvenile boys at PAL.  A PAL staff questioned several of the boys who were making the allegations.  In the month that followed nothing happened to Detective Michael Brown. 

After about 6 weeks with nothing being done to Detective Michael Brown, affiant brought up in a conversation with the foregoing detective, while in a vehicle alone with him in an undercover operation, the rumors being spread at PAL and some other matters.  Affiant intentionally did this in an attempt to disclose the foregoing problems to Detective Michael Brown  supervising detectives that were monitoring the recording devises that were in the vehicle with Detective Michael Brown and the affiant.  Detective Michael Brown denied that he was doing anything inappropriate to children to 2 other narcotics detectives from his same unit that questioned him that day.  Affiant was questioned as to why he did the foregoing in an undercover narcotics investigation.  Affiant told said detectives that he felt it was the best thing to do.  These detectives asked affiant if he ever witnessed Detective Michael Brown do anything sexual to a child, and if so, how?  Affiant told them yes and explained how.  These detectives told affiant he was misinterpreting the situations, and making accusations without evidence. 

The next time affiant attempted to go to PAL, he was told that he could no longer attend PAL, and that he would receive a trespass order if he entered back on PAL property.

Affiant later found-out that he was blocked from telephoning Detective Michael Brown at his office and home.

Prior to this incident, Detective Michael Brown was affiants’ handler.  A handler is a law enforcement official who handles all contact and intelligence activities with a CI.  After the aforementioned incidents happened affiant was told that he was being reassigned to a new detective, and that Detective Michael Brown would no longer be affiants’ handler. 

A short time after the above happened, the SPPD Vice and Narcotics Unit discovered that Detective Michael Brown again had contact with affiant in an undercover operation not authorized by SPPD supervisors.  When affiant was questioned about the foregoing, he admitted to such, and that Detective Michael Brown jeopardized affiants’ safety and cover in the operation.  Affiant was later told that a uniform officer who was present in the unauthorized undercover operation confirmed affiant’s foregoing statements as true.

Within 2 months of the foregoing incident, the SPPD maliciously arrested affiant for engaging in a front he was authorized to engage in as a CI.  In 2015, the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office provided the affiant with a document proving that at the time of affiants’ arrest, he was working for law enforcement.  This document also states that the SPPD arrested affiant on the foregoing charges when there wasn’t any evidence to support the charges.  It is affiant’s position that the SPPD frivilously arrested affiant on the foregoing charges, in retaliation for affiant attempting to expose Detective Michael Brown’s inappropriate activities with minors.

In 2016, affiant was told that Detective Michael Brown had been forced to resign from the SPPD since affiant’s incarceration.  Affiant was told that one of the reasons Detective Michael Brown was forced to resign was because of an outcry that he victimizing minors on a softball team.  If the FBI, FDLE, and DCF have not investigated Detective Michael Brown’s activities going back to 1990, affiant respectfully contends that if an adequate investigation was conducted into the foregoing, it would reveal that Detective Michael Brown had victimized children going back to 1990 and possibly into the eighties.

Following the foregoing incidents, with the SPPD in 1993, the affiant didn’t have any further contact with said agency as a CI until 1998.

Between the years of 1994 and 1997, affiant initiated contact with a law enforcement agency in Tampa, Florida.  Between the years of 1994 and 1998, affiant communicated with an agent from the foregoing agency about the following matters: {1)xxxxxxxx. {2}xxxxxxxx; {3} xxxxxxxx; {4} xxxxxxxx{5} xxxxxxxx; {6} The mysterious disappearance of a guy with the nickname “X” after xxxxxxxx; {7} SPPD Detective Donnie Williams’ personal relationship with xxxxxxxxx in xxxxxxxx, Florida; {8} A murder committed by Z in xxxxxxxx, Florida; and {9} etc..

Affiant was told that in 2015, SPPD Detective Donnie Williams was still under corruptions investigations.

In 1998, some events forced the affiant into being reactivated as a CI for the SPPD.  Within 3 months of affiants’ reactivation, SPPD disclosed his identity as a CI to  xxxxxxxx suspected of committing more than one murder.

In March 1999, the SPPD again arrested affiant for charges he was innocent of.  During the court proceedings in the affiants’ case, the court prohibited him from introducing into evidence anything concerning his prior employment as a CI. 

After affiant was placed in the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC), he had years of protection problems that came as a result of his prior employment as a CI.   FDOC records will prove that for approximately 4 years Pinellas Assistant State Attorney Pat Saracusa told FDOC that affiant was never a CI for law enforcement.  If Mr. Sarcusa didn’t do the foregoing, the affiant wouldnt have had the protection problems he had his first 4 years in prison.  In 2004, FDOC verified with the SPPD that affiant had been a CI going back prior to 1992.  In 2011 FDOC verified that affiant was associated with the arrest of more than 70 individuals when he worked as a CI.

Affiant would like to provide the documents his family and him have, and the witnesses and evidence stated herein.


Under penalty of perjury, I swear that everything stated herein is true, and correct.

Affiant:  (Signature of Harold Hempstead appears here on original hand-written document) 4/5/16

Harold Hempstead, D.C.# 268866, B2-102 Single, Martin Correctional Institution, 1150 Southwest Allapattah Road, Indiantown, Florida 34956

C.C.  Tampa Bay Times, News Service of Florida, Orlando Sun Sentinel, Florida Times Union, Broward Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, New Yorker Magazine, Rolling Stones Magazine, Times Magazine, People Magazine, New York Times, Prison Legal News, 60 Minutes, Inside Edition, 20/20 (Brian Ross), Elizabeth Patty-Lugo, Windy Hempstead, Susan Chandler, George Mallinckrodt, K. Harris (Second Chance Effort Project), Howard Simon (ACLU), Adam Tebrugge (ACLU), Randall C. Berg (Florida Justice Institute), Rev. Russell Meyer (Florida Council of Churches), Steven Wetstein (Stop Prison Abuse Now), Actual Innocence Project (Tallahassee, Florida), Tampa FBI, Tallahassee FDLE, Tampa FDLE, Department of Children and Families (St.Petersburg, Florida), Melinda Miguel (Chief Inspector General for the Governor), Mike Fasano (Senator), Jeremy Schanche.

Note: Some parts of this typescript of the document have been redacted for reasons of public safety.