St Pete Mayor Challenged On Juvenile Confidential Informants Policy

Attn:  Rick Kriseman – Mayor of St Petersburg – Florida                2:2:2019
 
Dear Mayor Kriseman   
I’m sending this email on behalf of Harold Hempstead.  Hempstead has stated that he was recruited by the St Petersburg Police Department to be a confidential informant when he was 13 years old.  As Mayor of St Petersburg – Florida – I’m asking that you please answer the following questions:
(1)  Will you please direct that the St Petersburg Police Department provide Hempstead’s Attorney John Trevena with all the documents and information they have concerning Hempstead’s past as a confidential informant going back to when he was 13 years old? 
(2)  How many children are the St Petersburg Police Department presently using as confidential informants?
(3)  Do you agree with the studies that show it is child-abuse to use children as confidential informants?
(4)  Will you request that a federal investigation be conducted into the St Petersburg Police Department using children as confidential informants?
(5)  Will you direct that the St Petersburg Police Department stop using children as confidential informants?
 
Please provide your response to this email to the parties listed in the CC section below.
Any attempts to communicate with Hempstead should be directed to his Attorney John Trevena at trevenalaw@aol.com. This email and any response or failure to respond could be published in future books and used in court proceedings.
CC  
John Trevena
Kathryn Varn
Sue Carlton
Adam Playford
Craig Patrick
Casey Frank
Julie Brown
(email sent by Jeremy Schanche on behalf of Harold Hempstead)
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To help clarify the legal standing of Children-s Rights in Law I have included a link to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)  (JS)
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WHY DIDN’T THE DADE COUNTY FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY PROVIDE THE MIAMI HERALD NEWSPAPER WITH A CERTIFIED AUDIO COPY OF MY JUNE 2014 INTERVIEW WITH THE MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT ON THE DARREN RAINEY MURDER WHEN THE HERALD FIRST REQUESTED IT?

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?

Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you think 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, a.k.a. ‘Caged Crusader,’  Tennessee D.C., April 2017

WHAT IS DADE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER DR LEW TRYING TO HIDE ON THE DARREN RAINEY CASE?

On 4/18/17 I was told the Miami Herald published an article on how Dade County Medical Examiner Dr Lew is refusing to allow an independent medical examiner to review the skin and blood samples etc. from Darren Rainey that are the records to support her findings.  Also, I was told the reason why Dr Lew is doing the foregoing is because she’s alleging the skin and blood samples etc. that the independent examiner wants to review are not public records.  If  that was true then why do medical examiners across Florida disagree with her.  You can find several articles by the Miami Herald newspaper on prison deaths that county medical examiners across Florida allowed independent medical examiners to look at the skin, blood etc. samples in other prison death cases.  Also, you can find several other cases in Florida where county medical examiners allowed independent examiners to examine skin, blood etc. samples in murders and deaths they were assigned to.  Were all the medical examiners in Florida legally wrong for doing what they did and only Dr Lew’s office is right?  Of course not.  Florida lawyers also say Dr Lew’s office is legally wrong.  I can only think of two logical reasons why Dr Lew’s office would refuse to allow an independent medical examiner to review the skin, blood etc. samples from Darren Rainey.  Dr Lew and the Dade County State Attorney know the skin samples prove Rainey’s skin was burned and that he didn’t die like Dr Lew alleged.  

Option One:  They don’t want the independent examiner to expose Dr Lew’s lies, so they’re going to fight tooth and nail to prevent the foregoing.  

Option Two:  Dr Lew refused to allow the independent examiner to review the record samples from Rainey until she had time to replace Rainey’s record samples with another dead person’s samples.  

These are the only two logical reasons I can come up with.  If you can think of another one will you please share it with me?  In other blogs I addressed problems with Dr Lew’s findings and how a lot of the reasons why Dade County officials don’t want to prosecute Rainey’s killers is because Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled Muslim prisoner and to them Rainey’s life wasn’t worth how much it’ll cost to prosecute Rainey’s killers.  

I haven’t yet explained the impact the Rainey case would have on the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and Florida and how much it’ll cost these two entities if a murder prosecution was instituted (and was successful.)  I believe it’s fair to say that if the Dade County Florida State Attorney (and Dr Lew) said Rainey was killed based on the conditions in the shower it would show the DOJ and the people of the World the extent of the evil to which FDC staff will subject inmates.  It would more than likely cause the DOJ (and the people of the World) to see that the DOJ (or some type of independent oversight committee) really needs to take over, supervise, monitor FDC and it would lead to millions and millions of dollars in liability and problems for FDC that they’d have to pay to have fixed to prevent future inmates from being harmed.  

Despite all of the things I’ve mentioned, these things shouldn’t matter.  Those who killed Rainey shouldn’t be allowed to remain free and Rainey’s killers should be prosecuted.  If Rainey’s killers would be prosecuted their prosecution would be a statement to all that the lives of poor people, black people, mentally disabled people, Muslims and prisoners matter.  By not prosecuting Rainey’s killers it is a clear statement that the lives of the lives of these people don’t matter and the life of poor, black, mentally disabled Muslim prisoner Darren Rainey doesn’t matter to Dade County Medical Examiner Dr Lew, and to the Dade County, Florida State Attorney who led Dr Lew to make false findings on Darren Rainey’s murder.

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 at Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Caged Crusader

DANIEL GEIGER – THE FIRST INMATE PLACED IN THE SHOWER AS PUNISHMENT THAT KILLED DARREN RAINEY

From the beginning I explained to the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) that Daniel Geiger was the first mentally disabled inmate placed in the shower (Rainey was killed in) as a torturing device, and easily the most mentally disabled inmate I witnessed get placed in the shower as punishment.  Just prior to Geiger leaving the Dade C.I. TCU to go to Lake C.I. TCU I witnessed him eating his own faeces.  I don’t believe Geiger was ever in touch with reality when I knew him in the Dade C.I. TCU.

In 2012 Geiger was transferred to Lake C.I. TCU.  I was told that in the end of 2016 Geiger was found dead in the Lake C.I. TCU.  I don’t know anything about Geiger’s death, I just know he died.

When I was reading the Dade County, Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 memorandum stating they aren’t going to prosecute Rainey’s killers, I noticed that it said that the MDPD attempted to interview Geiger.  Page 36 of the State Attorney’s memorandum provides a synopsis of MDPD’s attempt to interview Geiger.  The synopsis says Geiger appeared despondent, that Geiger didn’t appear to fully understand the questions and that he was adamant that he was never incarcerated at Dade C.I., but this synopsis contends that the interview was done at Dade C.I.  In other words, Geiger didn’t know he was at Dade C.I. when the interview was being done.  (I guess Geiger returned from Lake C.I. to Dade C.I. sometime prior to this interview and sometime after this interview he transferred to Lake C.I. again.)

By reading this synopsis on page 36 of the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s memorandum, you can see that Geiger was severely mentally disabled when the MDPD tried to talk with him.  However this fact didn’t stop the Dade County State Attorney from citing Geiger like she was citing a mentally-stable man.  To be specific, on page 69, first paragraph, last sentence of the State Attorney’s memorandum it states “Geiger said he was unaware of the shower being used for punishment or torture.”

Do you think it’s right that the Dade County Florida State Attorney cited Geiger like he was a stable inmate?  Let’s think about this:  when the MDPD interviewed Geiger at Dade C.I. they said he appeared despondent, did not appear to fully understand the questions and was adamant that he was never incarcerated at Dade C.I.  To me it’s outrageous that the State Attorney cited Geiger like he was mentally stable.  The mentally unstable shouldn’t have their words used against them, and they should be given more protection because they are mentally unstable.

Do you believe it’s right for the police to ask severely mentally disabled people if they were victimized and when they give some kind of answer that can be interpreted as ‘no,’ that the police and State Attorney use that answer against them and let the suspect get away that harmed them?  Shouldn’t the police and State Attorney use witnesses and other types of evidence to prove the crime(s)?

Another thing that I find outrageous is not only that the State Attorney cited a mentally unstable man like he was stable, but she also cited a dead man.  Yes, Daniel Geiger died several months prior to the State Attorney releasing their memorandum.

If you look at Martin Christianson’s statement on page 41 of the State Attorney’s memorandum you’ll read that the State Attorney told us what Christianson’s statement was, but also told us that Christianson was deceased.  The State Attorney didn’t tell anybody that Geiger was deceased.  Why do you think the State Attorney did this?

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

Caged Crusader

WHEN WAS THE MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT (MDPD) ASSIGNED TO INVESTIGATE THE DARREN RAINEY MURDER (6/23/12) AND WHEN DID THEY START INVESTIGATING SAID MURDER (JUNE 2014)

On 6/23/12 when Darren Rainey was murdered the MDPD was assigned to investigate said murder.  On that same day the MDPD assigned case number : 1206 23238979MDPD as the MDPD case number for the Rainey murder.

MDPD and Miami-Dade County Florida State Attorney records will show that from 6/23/12 till June 2014, the MDPD didn’t conduct any investigations into the Rainey murder.

All law enforcement officials are taught to not postpone investigating a case.  Why?  Because as time passes evidence is destroyed or lost, witnesses die and their memories get worse.  All law enforcement officials know that as time passes the chances of proven the crime decrease.  The MDPD detectives assigned to the Rainey case knew the foregoing and they still refused to investigate the Rainey case.  Why do you think the MDPD refused to investigate the Rainey case for approximately two years, knowing that as time progress the chance of proving the case decrease?  I cannot think of any valid legal or moral reason for the MDPD doing the foregoing.  The only logical reason I can think of as to why the MDPD would do the foregoing was that the MDPD detectives assigned to the Rainey case believed they had more important cases to investigate.  The Rainey murder wasn’t important to the MDPD detectives assigned to the case.  Why wasn’t it important to them?  I believe it was because of who Darren Rainey was.  Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled Muslim prisoner, in prison for possession of a small amount of drugs.  To the MDPD nobody cared about Rainey’s murder apart from some convicted burglar serving 165 years in prison.  Since nobody in society cared about Rainey’s murder, why would they care about it!  To the MDPD detectives assigned to the Rainey case, Rainey was a nobody.  If you order the MDPD rules for investigations and the MDPD Homicide Department Standard Operating Procedures For Investigations, you’ll see the MDPD detectives assigned to the Rainey case violated their own rules in not starting an investigation into the Rainey case until almost two years after Rainey’s murder.

Now I’d like to address what actually caused the MDPD to actually start investigating the Rainey murder.  If you go to the Miami Herald newspaper internet site and read the first Miami Herald article published on the Rainey murder on 5/18/14, and read all their articles that mention Rainey’s name until about the second week of June 2014, you’ll see it was the media that caused the MDPD to do their job and start investigating the Rainey murder.  Yes the only thing that caused the MDPD to do their job and investigate the Rainey murder was the Miami Herald publishing several articles on how the MDPD was refusing to investigate the brutal murder of Rainey that happened almost two years earlier.

MDPD and Dade County Florida State Attorney records will prove that absolutely nothing was done to investigate the Rainey murder from June 2012 till June 2014.  Please investigate what I’m saying.  Also, please read the May and June 2014 Miami Herald articles and you’ll see how they mention the MDPD not investigating the Rainey case.  I believe this should show the people of Dade County, Florida and the World that certain types of people’s lives don’t matter to the MDPD.  If you’re poor your life don’t matter to the MDPD.  If you’re black your life don’t matter to the MDPD.  If you’re mentally disabled your life don’t matter to the MDPD.  If you’re Muslim your life don’t matter to the MDPD.  If you’re a prisoner your life don’t matter to the MDPD.  If you’re anything else your life might not matter to the MDPD.

My friends, I’ve told people over these years that by taking a stand asking for justice for the murder of Rainey, I’m not just taking a stand for Rainey, I’m taking a stand for the value of life for all people.  By saying Rainey’s life mattered we’re saying all lives matter.  In other words, a quest for one is a quest for all.  Please join us in our quest to show that Darren Rainey’s life mattered and that all lives matter.

Please share this blog with your friends and anybody you believe would like to join us in our efforts.  Please sign our petition at Change.org entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Caged Crusader

THE INMATE WITNESSES THE MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT PLACED IN DANGER IN THE DARREN RAINEY MURDER CASE

After approximately 6 months of Dade C.I. staff using a shower that reached temperatures of 160°F (according to Dade C.I. Cpt. Dixon) to punish mentally disabled inmates, Darren Rainey would be the last inmate placed in the shower as punishment.  Why?  Because he was killed in the shower.

The primary officer responsible for killing Rainey was reposted to work in another area at Dade C.I. (other than in the TCU where Rainey was killed) about four months after Rainey’s murder.  Rainey was killed on June 23, 2012, the officer was reposted in October 2012.  In March 2014, the officer was reassigned to work back in Dade C.I. Westside TCU which is the area where Rainey was killed.  The officer who killed Rainey was no longer an officer when he returned to the Westside TCU.  He returned as a sergeant.

In April 2014 I met with a Miami Herald representative at Dade C.I., on May 18, 2014 the Miami Herald newspaper published their first article on the Darren Rainey murder and from thereforth until the first about two weeks of June, 2014 they published several articles on the Miami-Dade Police Department not investigating the Rainey murder.

In June 2014 the Miami-Dade Police Department interviewed ten inmates in the Dade C.I. TCU who were in the Dade C.I. TCU when Rainey was killed.  In August 2014 the MDPD interviewed an eleventh inmate in the Dade C.I. TCU who was also in the Dade C.I. TCU when Rainey was killed.

These eleven inmates were all witnesses to inmates being starved, abused and tortured in the TCU they were housed in.  Several of these inmates were witnesses to the Rainey murder and how the Dade C.I. staff used the shower Rainey was killed in to torture mentally disabled inmates for approximately six months.

Why did the MDPD place these inmates’ lives in danger and interview them while they were still housed in the Dade C.I. TCU in the custody of staff who were starving, abusing and torturing inmates?  Why didn’t the MDPD make arrangements to have these inmate-witnesses transferred to another TCU at another institution where the inmates would be safe and interview the inmates at a safe institution?  Do you believe the experienced MDPD detectives that interviewed these witnesses knew or didn’t know that by interviewing the eleven inmates in the Dade C.I. TCU, they were placing these inmates’ lives in danger?

I believe these detectives knew what they were doing and they did such to hinder/hurt the investigation.  It is obvious that the MDPD only acted like they were investigating the Rainey case because of the numerous articles that the Miami Herald published in May and June 2014 on the MDPD refusing to investigate the Rainey murder.  The police didn’t want to investigate the Rainey murder and the May and June Miami Herald articles that mentioned their failure to do the foregoing is what caused them to have to investigate said murder.  How do you think the MDPD felt that a newspaper was exposing them for failing to investigate the murder of a black, mentally disabled Muslim prisoner?  Do you believe that if the MDPD conducted a thorough and effective investigation into Rainey’s murder and proved Rainey’s murder, it would’ve made the MDPD look bad?  I believe it would’ve because it would’ve showed that the police were originally trying not to investigate a brutal murder and that they only investigated said murder and allowed such after the media published several articles on the police department refusing to investigate Rainey’s murder.  The sad thing is Rainey was a black, mentally disabled Muslim prisoner and that is why the MDPD didn’t want to investigate the Rainey case and that is why the Dade County Florida State Attorney don’t want to prosecute Rainey’s killers.

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

Caged Crusader

FIVE IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE DADE COUNTY FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY TIMELINE THAT SUPPORT HAROLD HEMPSTEAD’S TIMELINE ON DARREN RAINEY’S MURDER

In the Dade County, Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 memorandum (hereinafter State Attorney’s memorandum) the State alleges that their timeline marked Exhibit Seven was created from the footage from the mounted security cameras in the wing Rainey was killed in on the night Rainey was killed.

In other blogs I addressed some of the problems with this alleged footage and how I believe said footage was tampered with.  Even though I have many reasons to believe the foregoing, I’d still like to address the timeline marked Exhibit Seven in the State Attorney’s memorandum.  The Dade County State Attorney alleges that their timeline contradicts my timeline in several important areas.  A review of their timeline shows that it supports my timeline on several important facts.

One}  From the beginning I stated I gave Ofc. Clarke a bar of soap when Sgt. Fanfan was in the wing.  The timeline shows that from seven-fifty-seven-nineteen till the time I gave Ofc. Clark the soap {eight-twelve-forty-six} Sgt. Fanfan never left the wing.  The timeline shows Sgt. Fanfan was still in the wing after I gave Ofc. Clarke the soap  {see eight-thirteen-seventeen entry}.

Two}  From the beginning I stated that I gave Ofc. Clarke the bar of soap at approximately the same time Sgt. Fanfan was at the table in front of my cell.  The timeline alleges that I gave Ofc. Clarke the soap at eight-twelve-forty-six and Sgt. Fanfan was at the table in front of my cell at eight-thirteen-seventeen.  A twenty-eight second difference.

Three}  From the beginning I stated that I had a very short conversation with Ofc. Clarke when he came to my cell door to get a bar of soap.  The timeline shows that Ofc. Clark came to my cell door at eight-twelve-thirty-five to get the bar of soap and that he left my cell at eight-twelve-forty-six.  During this time we had a very short conversation.

Four}  From the beginning I said when Sgt. Fanfan was at the table in front of my cell, Ofc. Hood was with him.  The timeline shows that at eight-thirteen-seventeen when Sgt. Fanfan was at the table in front of my cell another Ofc. was with him.  The timeline doesn’t identify who this Ofc. is, but the footage will show it’s Ofc. Hood.

Five}  From the beginning I stated that Ofc. Thompson found Darren Rainey dead in the shower, that he left him dead in the shower to go and tell the staff in the officer’ station that Rainey was dead in the shower and that approximately eight minutes after Ofc. Thompson left Rainey dead in the shower, Ofc. Clarke went to the shower and acted like he found Rainey dead.

The timeline shows that Ofc. Thompson appeared on camera after checking on Rainey at nine-thirteen-thirty-two and that Ofc. Clarke came back to the shower at nine-twenty-five-forty-one.  The State Attorney’s memorandum alleges that Ofc. Clarke found Rainey dead at nine-twenty-five-forty-one.  That’s twelve minutes after Ofc. Thompson really found Rainey dead.  I said it was approximately eight minutes and the timeline shows it was twelve minutes.

I wanted to address these five important facts that the State Attorney’ timeline supports, I’ve stated from the beginning.  Even though there’s many problems with the footage the Dade County, Florida State Attorney has released, the footage still supports these important facts.

In addition to the above I’d like to point out something else that is unusual about the timeline.  The timeline goes from eight-seventeen-thirty-six to eight-fifty-six.  Does the camera footage jump from eight-seventeen-thirty-six to eight-fifty-six?  Is there anything between eight-seventeen-thirty-six and eight-fifty-six?

Please share this blog with your friends and with anybody you believe 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