I took Richard Mair’s 2013 suicide at Dade Correctional Institution very hard, and not only because it resulted from his inability to cope with the guards’ physical abuse that was allowed to continue after they scalded Darren Rainey to death in 2012.
I knew that Richard refused Brevard deputy Gary Harrell’s offer of a “walk” in trade for lying on the stand about Jeff Abramowski, who was ultimately framed with perjured testimony regarding DNA test results.
Even though it contained a description of being brutally beaten by guards, out of concern for the inmates that remain at Dade CI, I won’t publish Richard Mair’s suicide note … the year after Richard’s suicide, Lavar Valentin’s pleas for protection from his Dade CI cellmate fell on deaf ears, resulting in Lavar’s homicide. We have only our public servants word that prison conditions are improving, and their word is worth nothing.
What I will instead publish is the medical examiner’s report on Richard’s death … because it drives home the point that it makes no sense whatsoever that Darren Rainey’s medical examiner report – a year older – is still being withheld.
Every Dade CI death should be under an equal amount of scrutiny.
Because the public needs to see all the reasons why they need to get very angry, and call Governor Rick Scott to remind him that his job is to enforce existing laws (which don’t allow guards to abuse, neglect or kill inmates), and that it is not his job pretend to reform our prisons with pen swipes on a preposterous Executive Order. Floridians need to see enough to get angry and call their legislators, too, to remind them they have a responsibility to beef up existing laws when they are being disregarded, including authoring veto-proof legislation that makes it possible to rid ourselves of a governor that won’t enforce our laws.
We need an impeachment process, or a recall process: we’ve needed it for decades, and particularly need it now, before our legislators waste more of the public’s time with treks to Tallahassee for hearings that will go nowhere and accomplish nothing, and lead to nothing but more bloodshed and more tears shed, and more taxpayers dollars being wasted on wrongful death suits.