"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."
Harold Hempstead, a.k.a. The Caged Crusader,
Tennessee Department of Corrections, April 2017.
-------------------------------------------------------------Dade Correctional Institution - The House Of The Dade - Welcome To Auschwitz USA, a place where anything can happen - a place which the guards themselves liken to the Nazi's human-slaughterhouse - a place with a high rate of Death - an inexplicably high rate of Death - until Harold Hempstead started to explicate it, that is.
I heard about the place because I do environmental and political campaigning and I get sent lots of American petitions in my email inbox. After years of studying the horrors of various dictatorial regimes around the world and campaigning for human rights in Tibet, Arabia, China, Britain, Nigeria etc. I'd seen and heard about a lot of evil, the kind of evil perpetrated by the uniformed thugs and maniacs that always find employment in the penal, police, 'intelligence' and military systems of this world's great nations...
A petition from someone called 'Windy Hempstead' caught my eye. The story behind it stood out for its extreme brutality and inhumanity and it shocked someone who'd spent years dealing with human horror of an Official nature. Windy's petition talked about her brother Harold and how he'd witnessed a black man being steamed to death in a Florida prison. A particularly horrible story from the internet. The story dwelt on my mind and I started to write on it. Pretty soon I'd made contact with Windy, then Harold and then I wrote myself into the story.
Just over a year later and working in partnership with Harold Hempstead on the Darren Rainey case has become my main focus of attention. Mr Hempstead is a powerful force for good, he's a man lit by divine inspiration and that's not something I say lightly. He's driven by a religious impulse to witness the truth, whatever the consequences - and for a man doing one hundred and sixty-five (165) years in the grip of the mass-incarceration complex of the United States of America, those consequences could well prove fatal. Previous blogs on this and Harold's own site describe Florida Department of Corrections' deadly games, including housing Harold in a cell with a series of no less than five murderers, several of whom were tripping out on 'spice' which mysteriously bypassed the rigorous security of FDC.
Like many a survivor of hideous trauma, Harold blames himself for not doing enough to stop a violent tragedy from occurring - even though he was locked in a cell, at the mercy of people whom he knew to be torturers and killers. Living under repression and downright oppression for years is going to affect anyone - inmates who merely file an official grievance risk getting their bones broken or teeth kicked out (evidence available - as with all assertions about FDC) The 'sensible' thing to do in prison is keep your head down and try not to upset the guards. These people don't like being accused of crimes by those they seem to consider as sub-humans. Dade had certain spooky and vile parallels with the death-camp it's guards called it after. People were starved there, they died soon after. Many people have died there under suspicious circumstances. People were tortured and treated as though they were less than human - some of those who were tortured had indeed done some monstrous things, but 'monsters' torturing 'monsters' is not what is meant by 'the rule of law.' However bad some of these people are, or were, they deserve to be treated in accordance with the law - otherwise, if the penal system is apparently above the law, you have a form of democracy so rotten and corrupted that it is no longer worthy of such a name.
This is not the America of 1776 - this is not the Vision of an America that was dreamed by freedom-loving people long ago. This is a corrupt, late-stage, decadent empire, strangling and eating its own children. This is not what they fought the Brits for or what Betsy Ross made a flag for - she wouldn't have bothered if she'd known what it was going to stand for. If she could have had a look round the Westside TCU down there at Dade Correctional Institution she would've come up with a flag of a different colour.
One of the sickest aspects of the Darren Rainey case is that all the abuse and torture, all the starvation and 'shower-treatment' happened inside what was meant to be some sort of mental hospital.
Since the night of June 23rd, 2012, when Darren Rainey was shoved into the 'special shower' and the whole wing heard him screaming and begging for mercy as he died, Harold Hempstead has been on a long journey, changed by what he witnessed and determined to work to expose the truth and achieve justice. He believes in the value of every human life and so do I. Sometimes in life you have to take a stand - when something offends you to the core of your heart and mind, when something sickens you to your stomach, you have to find a way of fighting against that thing. The monstrous treatment and killing of Darren Rainey has galvanized a lot of people into action already, including Harold's sister Windy and the Miami Herald newspaper, who have made massive contributions towards amplifying Harold's voice and supporting this quest to uphold the value of life. Please read Harold's blogs and feel free to respond to his questions, he would like to hear from you. You can leave a message at his blog, harold hempstead caged crusader . wordpress . com.
Thanks, Jeremy Schanche