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Five years ago today, Darren Rainey was scalded to death in a locked shower at Dade Correctional Institution. The shower had previously been used by corrections officers on other mentally ill inmates to quiet them down.
Nothing is more quiet than death. Darren was 50.
Last month, another 50-year-old died at Dade Correctional Institution – Anthony Ruffin. He was 6’5″ and weighed 179 pounds. Anthony’s death is under investigation, and so are slews of other deaths at Dade CI.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle was recently caught public misrepresenting not only the facts of Darren Rainey’s case, but the entirety of her many terms of office.
Only the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee has called for her resignation.
The Miami-Dade DEC speaks only for itself, not the Democratic party, and has no authority to remove anyone from office. Still, they’re to be commended for their gesture. They did something.
By contrast, Governor Rick Scott, the FBI and Department of Justice have done nothing, although their knowledge of the harm done by Rundle protecting public servants ahead of the public throughout her many terms of office is voluminous, and although they are required by law to act to bring Rundle to justice.
We would know little or nothing of Darren Rainey’s or other inmates horrific deaths if it wasn’t for whistleblower inmates who risked their lives to get the media’s attention, inmates like Harold Hempstead.
Florida convicts having more of a conscience than governors and feds is not an anomaly. After successfully helping to free Davontae Sanford last year, Detroit Hit Man Vincent Smothers has begun laboring to free a second man who is wrongly serving some of his time. In Texas, an actual murder tried and failed to free Tim Cole, who was wrongly serving his time – no one listened, Tim died of an asthma attack behind bars and was exonerated posthumously.
Our justice system is broken. Waving flags and shooting off fireworks won’t fix it. Petitions can. Please start signing ones like the one below … don’t wait until it’s personal; don’t wait until you’re heartbroken.
Justice for Darren Rainey, a mentally ill inmate killed by state prison guards in Florida
Detroit Hit Man Vincent Smothers helped free incarcerated innocent Davontae Sanford last year, and Smothers is determined to help free everyone else who is serving time for crimes he committed.
Davontae was framed at 14 for a quadruple homicide that Smothers and an adult accomplice perpetrated. Davontae is blind in one eye and developmentally delayed: he was ALWAYS an absolutely incredible suspect … a coerced confession (with no parent, guardian or legal counsel present) changed nothing, except to make dirty officers, dirty defense attorneys, dirty prosecutors and dirty judges dirtier still.
Please read this re-blogged post about Charles Lewis in its entirety from the link below so that you can feel confident in sharing all posts that aid Smothers in his quest to ensure that no one else serves time for crimes he personally committed.
With insistent participation on the public’s part – via sharing alone – the FBI will have no choice but to take their blinders off and ensure fair trials – retroactively – in Detroit.
There are pockets of conviction corruption like Detroit’s throughout the nation, all it will take is busting one to bring the others down … only craven cowards would frame a disabled kid; they’ll cry like babies when they’re brought to justice.
Donald Trump is not entirely wrong about the FBI being in disarray. If the agency was fully functioning, fair trials would be available nationwide, per their public corruption mandates.
Again, please read, and please share. Thank you!
Update 6/8/17: Harold Hempstead’s sister Tweeted and re-blogged this post [https://helpmybrotherharoldhempstead.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/kathyfndzrundle-censoring-cagedcrusader-scores-more-re-deadinmates-including-me/]. I think it’s fair to assume that her doing so is responsible for my no longer being blocked on Twitter by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle (@KathyFndzRundle). Perhaps there’s something Harold’s sister can Tweet and re-blog to Florida Today (@Florida_Today) to achieve the same results. It might help with busting a good number of frame-ups, as well as ensure the safety of one of the framed, who’s currently incarcerated in (gads!!!) Dade County.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle plays by her own rules, rather than by the rule of law. Her recent “Close Out Memo” on the 2012 scalding homicide of mentally ill Dade Correctional Institution inmate Darren Rainey was inaccurate – it described fellow scalding shower victim Daniel Geiger as being alive, although he died under suspicious circumstances at Lake Correctional Institution last November. The Memo also engaged in character assassination, specifically, that of whistleblower/inmate Harold Hempstead, who persistently brought Darren Rainey’s homicide to the attention of the Miami Herald.
To facilitate this character assassination, Rundle withheld the audio police interview of whistleblower Hempstead, unlike other interviews.
Hempstead maintains that “there’s no logical reason why the audio interview I had with the police wasn’t turned over to the media with all the other audio interviews but for foul play with the MDPD and Dade County Florida State Attorney.”
I’ll go further … there was also no logical reason why Governor Rick Scott hadn’t already fired Rundle, before she had the chance to muck up more of the Rainey investigation: this is hardly the only time Rundle has protected public servants ahead of the public in her lengthy “service” to Miami-Dade.
Had Governor Scott moved swiftly to hold public servants accountable after Darren Rainey was killed, it’s very likely that Dade corrections officers wouldn’t have hounded Richard Mair into committing suicide the following year, in the very same unit where Darren was killed. Subsequent deaths can be attributed to Scott’s inaction. Note that Scott doesn’t have a hands-off policy concerning the activities of our state attorneys. Quite the contrary. He’s engaged in viciously attacking Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala for declining to call for the death penalty in her circuit, which is not only in keeping with growing public sentiment, but in keeping with the boundaries of Ayala’s discretion.
Rundle – on the other hand – has no discretionary authority to keep killers on the public payroll.
Private citizen Dennis Antiporek suffered a death similar to Darren Rainey’s in a sauna in January of 2015. News articles used the exact same words to describe the condition of both men’s bodies: burnt, and missing chunks of skin. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Officer performed both autopsies (sans years of delay and confusion in Antiporek’s case).
Photos can be compared, so can the conclusions that were drawn.
Why didn’t the mainstream media say as much in 2015? Why won’t they say so now? What’s in it for the media to let Rick Scott – via ongoing self-fettering – stay on his wildly expensive and witless Ayala death penalty witch hunt while public safety is clearly jeopardized by Rundle in Miami-Dade, and while the death toll of Florida inmates continues to rise?
I pdf’d Rundle blocking me on Twitter (below). She wasn’t the first to do so. A Central Florida journalist was the first, I believe, followed by a newspaper from an adjacent county. It’s unfortunately all quite connected. A former cop from Rundle’s circuit – Marshall Frank – has endorsed an “investigation” of Gary Bennett’s wrongful conviction by the newspaper that blocked me, a trite podcast that is little more than a collection of comments from persons who have nothing helpful to say, in the manner of which the reporter who blocked me had previously weighed in on, eliminating his county’s – within Aramis Ayala’s circuit – connection to the travesty.
What would be most helpful to say is that dog handler John Preston was discredited by Julius Manning in the summer of 1982. Manning was the actual perpetrator of a series of post office crimes, one of which Dale Sutton was exonerated of, and released in January of 1983. In the knowledge of this, Brevard prosecutors put Preston on the stand in January of 1984 against Gary Bennett to perjure himself yet again, as he’d done scores, perhaps of hundreds, of times before. The Central Florida reporter who blocked me did not want to hear about the wrongful execution that enveloped his turf.
People with gigantic egos who can’t handle the truth shouldn’t pick politics, law or journalism as a career. Doing so leads to ruining and ending innocent lives, and making justice unavailable. You know who you are. Read What Color is Your Parachute and find a new line of work, already.
With Florida inmates dying of starvation, medical neglect and violence in increasing numbers, outpacing other states, we must push Tom Wheeler to be as good as his word, without any delay … a new bill intends to impose harsh new mandatory minimum sentences that will increase prison populations , and a new lawsuit intends to hold the Florida Department of Corrections accountable for mistreatment of disabled inmates only.
Rick Scott hasn’t missed an opportunity to unjustly enrich corporations at constituents’ expense that I’m aware of … he will likely sign the odious bill. Our already-understaffed facilities will immediately become exponentially more dangerous, and they are already quite deserving of a new level of Dante’s Inferno.
Attorneys, advocates, the general public and the mainstream media will continue to seek protection and justice for some inmates, on a one-by-one basis or limited group basis.
While advocates and private citizens can be forgiven for not knowing that feds – specifically the FBI and DoJ – are supposed to step in the minute it comes to their attention that an inmate’s rights have been violated, attorneys and the mainstream media can never be forgiven for rather consistently concealing that indeed the FBI and DoJ are supposed to swoop in when they’re aware that an inmate have been starved, neglected, abused or murdered.
Attorneys take oaths to be officers of the court, a “see something, say something” sworn obligation with only contrived escape clauses, none rooted in substance. The mainstream media collects subscription money to provide actual news, a “see something, say something” fiduciary obligation that, too, has only contrived escape clauses.
What attorneys and the mainstream seem to want – despite the spirit and intent of their sworn and fiduciary responsibilities – is a world where only their financial and personal interests matter.
Rick Scott is an attorney; a significant number of Florida legislators are, too.
If your mind is searching for a phrase that ties the whole of this “see something, say nothing, make everything worse, for personal gain” scenario together, I’m pretty sure it’s “conspiracy to violate rights.”
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Former Correctional Officer in West Virginia Pleads Guilty to Using Force to Punish A Detainee
Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen of the Northern District of West Virginia jointly announced that a former Elkins, West Virginia Correctional Officer, Adam Joseph Neal Graham, 26, pleaded guilty today in federal court to a civil rights violation for an incident in which he assaulted a handcuffed pretrial detainee.
According to information provided in connection with his guilty plea, Graham was serving as a Correctional Officer at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on March 9, 2015, when he assisted with the intake screening for the victim, an 18 year-old pretrial detainee. This was the victim’s first arrest. The detainee was handcuffed, sitting on a chair, and acting distraught. Graham told the detainee to “be quiet” several times. Even though the detainee posed no threat to Graham or any other person, Graham applied pressure points to the victim’s shoulder and neck area. Then, suddenly and without warning, Graham grabbed the detainee by the neck and forcefully slammed him to the ground. During the plea hearing, Graham acknowledged that his use of force was not justified by any legitimate law enforcement or correctional objective.
“The U.S. Constitution protects every person in this country, including those who are detained in our jails,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Wheeler. “The federal government will actively prosecute those correctional officers, who like the defendant, abuse their authority and violate their oath by unlawfully utilizing physical force as a form of punishment.”
The FBI’s Pittsburgh Division investigated the case. Special Litigation Counsel Gerard V. Hogan and Trial Attorney Olimpia E. Michel of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah W. Montoro of the Northern District of West Virginia prosecuted the case.
I live in the immediate evacuation zone of a nuclear plant precariously perched on the shifting sands of a Florida barrier isle. Given the rising sea levels, the decommission process should already be underway. It isn’t. Given the rising sea levels, the race should be on to replace the shoreline-saving mangroves that were destroyed for the sake of waterfront views. It isn’t. Salt water intrusion is an increasing factor in Florida drinking water … hundred gallon rain barrels should be distributed for free; gutter systems should be subsidized. They aren’t. Rain-shedding lawns on public lands should be as rare as a living wage in Florida, rain-absorbing shrubs and trees should be everywhere. They aren’t. At some point, we’ll have to acknowledge that our legislators and governor aren’t just pickpockets, they’re rather homicidal.
You must share this article on U.S. sea level rise with your climate denying friends, specially those who have property investments in Florida…
“…Rising sea levels have already forced some Pacific Ocean communities to flee from their homes and there are fears that several whole islands will be underwater in just a few decades. But it’s not just island dwellers who need to worry about climate-related migration. As coastal areas are deluged over this century, millions of mainland Americans could be forced to flee inland…” ~ Dominique Mosbergen
If you live in a U.S. coastal area, what are your plans for the future? How long will you wait before moving? Will you let the family’s younger generation decide or deal with it?
Be aware. Be objective.
I’ve been legally eligible for Florida medical marijuana since January of 2014. Now that it’s finally becoming accessible, it’s unaffordable – @$250 just to officially determine eligibility. The products likely have predatory price tags, too; there’s no sense in my even checking.
That it took so many years and a ballot initiative to ultimately keep people suffering needlessly is reason alone to make sure that the Florida legislature and governors office turn blue in 2018. Not blue dog blue, progressive blue.
One of my neighbors suffers from intense chronic pain. I asked him if he ever considered marijuana, medical or black market. He said medical marijuana is hard to get (through the Florida health system). And while he would be willing to buy illegal pot, he didn’t trust what else might be in it (mentioning arsenic).
Now I read this story posted on Serendipity. Patients, support group members, and health care professionals sometimes need to break laws in order to save a life.
This should not be. We must demand a health care system that does its job.
“When you are diagnosed with an illness for which there is no cure, but long time survival is possible, you quickly learn that the most important case manager you will ever have is yourself. You need to learn everything you can to survive — legally and, if necessary, illegally…” ~ via Serendipity
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