URGENT UPDATE 3/17/17: Today, it was announced that the corrections officers responsible for the scalding torture death of Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional Institution would face no charges. The related report that was released by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundel’s office [http://www.miamisao.com/pdfs/DarrenRaineyincustodydeathcloseoutmemo.pdf] claimed that Daniel Geiger had no credible testimony to provide to the investigation of Darren Rainey’s death. Daniel’s interview – of course – was NOT recorded. The report claimed that Daniel is still alive. He is NOT.
Today, it was NOT announced that whistleblower inmate Harold Hempstead – the most credible witness to the foul play that ended Darren Rainey’s life – has been turned into a living Ghost by the Florida Department of Corrections – shipped out of Florida against his wishes and those of his family to an as-yet unknown location. There is no reason to suspect coincidence between the release of the ridiculous report and turning Harold into a ghost.
When I first posted about Daniel Geiger being deliberately scalded by corrections officers in a locked shower at Dade Correctional Institution, I blocked his and other victims’ names as well as the officers’ names from inmate/whistleblower Harold Hempstead’s 13 page sworn statement, thinking that the investigations that feds and Florida led the public to believe were underway were actually taking place, and therefore deserved restraint on my part.
As the investigations – if they ever began at all – went absolutely nowhere, I must now factor in my tolerance for finding out that still other Dade CI scalding survivors are dying suspiciously young, suspiciously underweight, and/or suspiciously beaten to a pulp.
With Daniel Geiger’s death, my tolerance has maxed out. Below are several pages from the sworn statement Harold Hempstead sent to me (and so many others) regarding Darren Rainey’s scalding homicide and other inmates’ scalding traumas. The pages are followed by a description of a journalist simultaneously revisiting the events at Dade CI that led to Darren Rainey’s death, for his own reasons.
In the Fox 13 segment posted below, reporter Craig Patrick revealed that he is still receiving correspondence from Hemptstead (as am I), and that he has apparently maxed out on patience with supposedly stalled investigations, too, even though he’s apparently unaware of Daniel Geiger’s death: Patrick was angered that Florida’s legislature managed to budget for more remodeling in Tallahassee ahead of budgeting to correct an inability to keep inmates alive.
In Patrick’s segment, Hempstead explains how inmates are systemically starved with “air trays” and other games, in addition to occasionally tortured. Ignoring these behaviors isn’t a lawful option for Florida or federal authorities. The crime is Failure to Keep From Harm, and it’s a federal rap.
When a 5’11” mentally ill 40-year-old dies weighing 125 pounds AFTER being tortured in a scalding shower years earlier, he obviously hasn’t been kept from harm.
All it would take to inspire lasting change is for the FBI and DoJ to do their jobs and diligently prosecute Failure to Keep From Harm … from the top down. Our deliberately overworked, underpaid corrections officers aren’t mental health professionals. Asking the impossible of them fails to keep them from harm. Those more concerned with decor than death tolls – especially governors – ought to face the greatest scrutiny and harshest sentences.