Perhaps a British accent and a staged setting will begin to secure justice for those injured or killed by Florida and federal servants who are paid to protect and serve us. Lord knows a number of us have tried many other peaceful means, all to no avail. It would be horrific enough if this was the only communication from “Caged Crusader” whistleblowing inmate that our Department of Justice ignored, but there is now a sizable stack of ignored sworn statements.
Jeremy Schanche reads a sworn statement by Harold Hempstead describing Darren Rainey’s murder by Officer Roland Clark.
On 23 June 2012, a black Muslim convict was tortured to death at Dade C.I. in Florida. He was locked into a specially rigged shower stall for almost two hours, in temperatures of up to 183 Fahrenheit. When he was eventually found, most of the skin had peeled away from his dead body. An inmate was later ordered to throw the skin into the trash. This brutal murder was covered up by guards and other authorities, until inmates, including Harold Hempstead, succeeded in finally contacting the Miami Herald newspaper, which broke the story.
This film should never have been made. People should not be steamed to death in locked showers, screaming for mercy, dying alone in terror and agony. USA is not the only nation to conceal horrors such as this, but the USA has a Constitution, a blueprint for justice, democracy and the rule of law – not all nations have such a thing. Furthermore, the USA is a vital element of western culture and civilization. For this nation to live up to its promise, its meaning and its true identity, something must change.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the Russian author of such books as Crime and Punishment said “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” For ‘America’ to ever be ‘Great’ it’s going to have to take a radically different approach to the treatment of those it locks up and takes into its power.
Whatever crimes a man may have committed, the Constitution, the foundation document of the nation, requires, in the name of the people, that convicts shall be treated according to lawfully encoded standards of justice and welfare, with recourse to legal redress of grievance and the free speech to do so. While the rights of the convict are obviously considerably fewer than those of the free citizen, they are, nonetheless, clearly defined and enshrined in law, and should, when circumstances deem it necessary, be vigorously protected by we, the people.
1. ‘Affiant’ means the author of an affidavit or witness-statement – in this case Harold Hempstead.
2. ‘C.I.’ means ‘Correctional Institution’ or prison.
Here’s the interview I did with Harold Hempstead in summer 2016 for my paper, The Limpet:
The first of numerous articles from the Miami Herald on the murder of Darren Rainey and conditions in Florida Department of Corrections:
An in-depth look at Florida’s mistreatment of mentally-ill prisoners:
George Mallinckrodt is a psychotherapist and outspoken advocate for the mentally ill. He’s written a book about his experiences working at Dade C.I. Its central focus is the killing of Darren Rainey, title: Getting Away With Murder:
Blog of Harold Hempstead’s sister and advocate, Windy Hempstead:
Many articles on Darren Rainey, Harold Hempstead, FDC and more:
Text of Harold Hempstead’s sworn affidavit of 5th May, 2016: