In 2011 when I arrived at the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit (TCU) there was a blind, mentally disabled inmate there named Oscar Davis. Oscar Davis was highly disliked by all of the staff and most of the inmates because of the charges he was incarcerated on and because he was very loud and disrespectful. It was alleged that he was in prison for raping a senior citizen and that he also dug out his own eyes. When I was an orderly in the Dade C.I. TCU I was the inmate who held the trays of food and gave the trays to the inmates during meal times. The inmate-patients were locked in their cells during meal times. The only way I could give the inmate-patients a tray was if security opened the food flaps for me to give the inmates their trays of food. If security didn’t want to feed an inmate-patient, they wouldn’t open the inmate’s food flap. This was done so much that it was common sense that the inmate-patients in the cells that didn’t have the food flaps opened, weren’t being fed.
In 2011, one of the inmates that I witnessed be denied the most food was Oscar L. Davis. He was denied one to two meals a day (and sometimes three meals a day) for the months I knew him between April and December 2011. I watched his physical health get worse. I remember the day mental health specialist Dr Cesar told me Oscar Davis was taken to an outside doctor and that doctor said Davis was missing the type of vitamin in his body that allowed the doctor to know he was being denied large quantities of food. Dr Cesar then asked me if Oscar Davis was being fed. I told Dr Cesar to listen to what the outside doctor said. I also remember when security told me Oscar Davis was dying on the day he left the Dade C.I. TCU. Finally, I remember about two weeks after Davis left the Dade C.I. TCU, security telling me that Oscar Davis died.
Since 2011 I’ve believed that Oscar Davis being denied so much food contributed to his death. Am I wrong to believe that if the extreme lack of food caused Davis to have a medical condition that killed him, then those who denied Davis so much food killed him? Please tell me what you think. I’ve shared this issue with the Department of Justice and others. Oscar Davis was the first inmate that I knew, while at Dade C.I. TCU, who I believe staff killed. I admit I don’t have as much evidence on Oscar Davis as I do Darren Rainey, but I still think the extreme denial of food led to Davis dying. What happened to Oscar Davis was swept under the rug by the Florida Department of Corrections and covered up by the MDPD, Dade County Medical Examiner and Dade County State Attorney. How they seen it, Oscar Davis was a poor, black, mentally disabled inmate in prison for raping a senior citizen. I believe what is important is not who Oscar Davis was but that right is right and wrong is wrong. Nobody has the right to starve or kill somebody just because they don’t like them. We have to have an objective standard on the value of life and not a subjective standard. We must say the lives of all people matter, no matter their nationality, race, religion, creed, or position in this World. Anything less is an attack on the value of life. Oscar Davis was denied large quantities of food as punishment in the same Dade C.I. TCU Darren Rainey was killed in. 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 on Change.org called THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.