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.
Harold Hempstead, a.k.a. Caged Crusader, Tennessee Dept. of Corrections, USA, April 2017