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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I recently received a copy of the inmate mortality list for Dade C.I. for the years 2000 – 2017. When I was reading the names on the list I was shocked to see Darrell Richardson’s name on the list. In 2011 when I first seen black, mentally disabled inmate Darrell Richardson he was about 185 pounds of muscle. I was told he was in prison for killing two or three people and believe that he alleged Oprah Winfrey told him to do it. Darrell Richardson got Dade C.I. TCU security staff mad by always refusing to eat his food quickly and give his food tray back at meal times. After security staff made several attempts to get Darrell Richardson to comply with their orders to eat quickly and give them back the food trays when he was done eating and Richardson continued to give them problems with complying, they started placing his food in a styrofoam tray. After the styrofoam tray treatment didn’t work they started removing food from Darrell Richardson’s tray. They told him when they gave his tray to him with food missing from it that they removed food from it because he wasn’t eating quick enough so that meant there was too much food on the tray. As Richardson continued to not eat quickly and not return his styrofoam trays after meals, security staff decided they’d start withholding trays from him when they didn’t have time to get the styrofoam tray back from him.
In other words, when security staff knew prior to feeding a meal, they wouldn’t have enough time to deal with getting Richardson’s tray back from him, they just wouldn’t feed him. This was the treatment Richardson received for several months. How do I know this? Because I was the orderly serving the meals with security staff and because of my personal relationship with staff. The last time I seen Richardson (like Oscar Davis) was the day he was leaving the Dade C.I. TCU. He appeared to me to weigh under 120 pounds. He was so weak he had to be pushed in a wheelchair out of the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit. Darrell Richardson was the second inmate that I knew from Dade C.I. TCU that I believe died from a medical problem that came about as a result of being denied a large quantity of food on a daily basis for several months. I believe the security staff that used to deny Richardson food caused his death and are liable for murder if the extreme lack of food led to a medical condition that caused his death. Even though Richardson was a murderer who was a headache to Dade C.I. security staff, they had no right to deny him food as punishment. His mental disability is what caused him to be as he was. What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. The law mandated that security staff give Darrell Richardson three full meals a day. They didn’t follow the law. Richardson was a mentally disabled, black inmate. The Florida of Corrections swept what happened to Richardson under the rug and attempted to hide the Darrell Richardson case by not listing him on the inmate mortality list for Dade C.I. I wonder how many more inmates are not on the inmate mortality list that died at Dade C.I. or who Dade C.I. staff were behind the deaths of. I advised the Department of Justice of these matters concerning Darrell Richardson. Also, I filed FDC grievances on what happened to Oscar Davis and Darrell Richardson. This is another case that the Dade County Florida Medical Examiner, MDPD and Dade County State Attorney covered up. Why? Because just like with Darren Rainey and Oscar Davis, Darrell Richardson was a mentally disabled black inmate and to these agencies his life didn’t matter.
My dear friends, we are just starting. There is a lot to discuss. Darrell Richardson was denied food as a punishment in the same Dade C.I. TCU Darren Rainey was killed in.
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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?
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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.
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On June 23, 2012 poor, black, mentally disabled Muslim inmate Rainey was brutally killed in a shower in the Dade Correctional Institution TCU that reached temperatures (according to Dade C.I. Cpt. Dixon) of 160° F.
On May 19, 2014 I was transferred from Dade C.I. after the media started writing articles on this brutal murder.
In the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015 my sister Windy Hempstead, who runs the blog Help My Brother Harold Hempstead @ WordPress.com, read me a heavily redacted report from somewhere on the internet that the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Inspector General’s Office released concerning the Darren Rainey murder. Even though the report was heavily redacted, it did state something of importance concerning the footage from the mounted security cameras in the wing Rainey was killed in. The report contended that the camera system malfunctioned as soon as the officer who killed Rainey got Rainey to the top of the stairs where the shower was located.
In the Dade County State Attorney’s 3/17/17 memorandum stating they are not going to prosecute those who killed Rainey, they contend they have the footage from the cameras that the FDC Inspector General’s office said malfunctioned.
Did the camera system really malfunction or did the FDC Inspector General’s office lie in their report? With the history that the FDC Inspector General’s Office has, I believe they lied and told the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) and others that the camera system malfunctioned until they could tamper with it and after they were done tampering with it they turned it over to the MDPD. Also I believe there’s evidence in possession of the Dade County State Attorney, MDPD and FDC that proves this.
Since an FDC Inspector General’s report clearly says that the cameras malfunctioned on the night Rainey was killed and the Dade County Florida State Attorney says they have the footage, it is obvious that the FDC Inspector General’s Office lied. The agency that had all the liability and who had the footage lied. What did FDC and the FDC Inspector General’s Office do to the footage before they turned it over to the MDPD? Please read all the Miami Herald newspaper articles on the FDC Inspector General’s Office and then I’d like for you to please let me know if you think the FDC Inspector General’s Office would or wouldn’t tamper with the camera footage in the Darren Rainey murder case.
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In the end of 2014, Disability Rights Florida filed a 42 USC 1983 Civil Rights complaint lawsuit against Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Secretary Michael Crews, FDC and Wexford Health Sources Inc. This lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division and assigned case number 1 : 14 – CV – 23323.
If you google ‘Pacer’ on the internet and go to the Pacer site, you can use the Pacer service to read this lawsuit and all the filings on it. I ask that you please do this because if you do you’ll read the following:
The actual complaint that was filed in this class-action lawsuit mentions in some detail the shower in the Dade C.I. TCU that was used as a torturing device to punish mentally disabled inmates, it mentions the murder of Darren Rainey and it mentions how inmates were physically abused and denied food in the Dade C.I. TCU as a form of punishment. I haven’t read this lawsuit in over a year, but I believe these are the only circumstances the lawsuit mentioned.
The court documents you read on this case will further show that the defendants (FDC Secretary, FDC, and Wexford Health Sources Inc.) in this lawsuit agreed to settle it with Disability Rights Florida in favour of Disability Rights Florida within a year of the lawsuit being filed.
A review of the settlement offer in this lawsuit will show that the changes the defendants agreed to make to the Dade C.I. TCU were the types of changes the defendants would of only agreed to if they knew the torturing and abuses mentioned in the actual lawsuit happened. Please read this lawsuit, the filings in this lawsuit and the settlement. You’ll see what I’m saying is accurate.
Now why would these defendants agree to settle a class action lawsuit and institute several changes in the Dade C.I. TCU that cost these defendants substantial money to institute, if the circumstances stated in the actual lawsuit were not true? The answer to this question is obvious. They wouldn’t have. The FDC Secretary, FDC and Wexford Health Sources Inc. knew the shower was being used as a torturing device to punish mentally disabled inmates, these defendants knew that Darren Rainey was killed, these defendants knew mentally disabled inmates were being physically abused and denied food in the Dade C.I. TCU as a form of punishment; and these defendants knew that the mentally disabled inmates in the Dade C.I. TCU were being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. The defendants knew these things were factual so they agreed to the settlement.
The settlement in the foregoing class action lawsuit was obtained in 2015. The Dade County State Attorney had from 2012 till March 17, 2017 to find ways to twist all the evidence relating to abuse and torturing in the Dade C.I. TCU and the murder of Darren Rainey.
Isn’t it outrageous that the lawyers representing FDC’s Secretary, FDC and Wexford Health Sources, Inc. all knew there was enough evidence in this lawsuit to settle it in favour of those who sued them and the Miami Federal District Court accepted that settlement, based on the lawyers tacitly recognizing the evidence and agreeing to settle, but the Dade County State Attorney now tells the people of Florida and the World she’s not going to prosecute? What is the obvious real reason why State Attorney Katherine Rundle decided to not prosecute Rainey’s killers? It is the same reason her office has chose to not prosecute any law enforcement official for killing an African American in Dade County, Florida. To simply state it: Black Lives don’t Matter to Dade County State Attorney Ms Rundle.
I believe that it is obvious that the law enforcement officials in Dade County Florida know that if they unlawfully kill an African American they don’t have to worry about being prosecuted. Dade County State Attorney Ms Rundle will protect them.
What is happening to the foundation our country was built on? What is happening to our country? You say, “well this stuff doesn’t affect me now.” As things continue to get worse, you will one day be affected by the racism and hatred that is happening in these times. Why don’t you, with peace, love and wisdom, take action now and maybe you won’t be affected? I believe Black Lives and all Lives mater. What do you believe and do your actions support what you say you believe?
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