Prison guards who ‘boiled schizophrenic inmate to death’ will not face charges

Prison guards who ‘boiled schizophrenic inmate to death’ will not face charges
By Andy Wells

Welcome to Nazi America. This wasn't even accidental, they cooked him for hours, and no one is held accountable.

Four prison guards who are alleged to have killed a schizophrenic inmate by effectively boiling him to death have escaped charges.

Darren Rainey was forcefully held in a scalding hot shower for hours after he smeared faeces on himself at the Dale Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida, in 2012.

Rainey, 50, had refused to stand under the shower but was told by Officer Roland Clarke that he could not leave until he washed.

After starting to wash, Rainey said, “No, I don’t want to do this,” and leaned on a wall away from the water, according to Officer Clarke.

Officers continued to check on him, and the decision was made to take Rainey out of the shower after around two hours but he was found lying face up in about 8 centimetres of water with no pulse and not breathing.

Another inmate, Harold Hempstead, alleged that he had heard Rainey yelling and kicking at the shower door, saying, ”I’m sorry. I won’t do it anymore” and “I can’t take it no more” while the guards laughed.

Several witnesses said Rainey’s skin appeared to be peeled back or reddish in some spots and looked like a “boiled lobster”.

However, an autopsy found this “slippage” was most likely caused by friction or pressure on his moist and warm skin that was applied in an effort to revive him.

Prosecutors have now concluded Hempstead was an unreliable witness and concluded Rainey had died partly because of undiagnosed heart disease and suffered no scalding injuries.

Dr Emma Lew, Miami-Dade’s medical examiner, said Rainey did not suffer any burns of any kind and there was no evidence of trauma.

She said his death was down to a combination of his schizophrenia, heart disease and confinement in the small shower space.

Dr Lew said that schizophrenic people can have nervous system reactions that trigger a heart attack if they have an underlying condition.

Prosecutors said that the guards did not commit murder or manslaughter, writing in a memo: ”Placing
an inmate who has defecated upon himself in a shower to decontaminate himself is not conduct that is criminally reckless.

“There was no evidence of any intent to harm Rainey.”

The conclusion ends a nearly five-year probe into the death Rainey, who was serving a two-year sentence on a cocaine charge.

Milton Grimes, the layer for Rainey’s family, said in a statement that the family is “disappointed and heartbroken” that no charges will be brought.

He added: ”This is not justice for Darren, for his family, nor for the mentally ill who have been subject to similar abuse and mistreatment,” Mr Grimes said.

The prosecutors determined that corrections officers did not commit murder or manslaughter in Rainey’s death and that taking him to the shower was appropriate under the circumstances.
EDITORS NOTE: The old "undiagnosed heart disease" reason again! Why is it that people always have undiagnosed heart disease when they're in police custody?

The guards laughed while the man dies on the floor. What's worse is the fact that they probably haven' lost any sleep over the matter. Some of the comments posted thus far are inhuman.

A steam room for over 2 hours will kill anyone, it doesn't have to be that hot. You aren't even supposed to stay in one but 10 minutes because of safety reasons. I would say that falls under the category of cruel and unusual punishment. It is sick.

This man was in prison for possession of cocaine. He wasn't a murderer, a child molester, rapist. He was one of many unfortunate people diagnosed with a mental illness, then taken advantage of by those in a superior position. There is no doubt he needed a shower. However, a line is crossed when a group of prison guards keeps a mentally ill man, unable to defend himself, locked inside a shower for 2+ hours.

Why was someone with psychological issues such as this in a prison rather than a mental hospital in the first place?

I have a family member that use to be a correctional officer. He is now a parole agent. As a kid, I thought he was cool and tough. As an adult, I see how much of a criminal and abuser he is in his line of work. He barters with felons. He threatens them with additional jail/prison time, if they don't meet his terms. He also knows how to milk the system. Every time I see him he has a new phony "injury" and is bragging about another insurance scam. NO charges for murdering an inmate? Where do they think they are, California?



Popular posts from this blog

10 Facts about the Syrian conflict you won't hear on the main stream media

Better than Backpage

Declassified Documents: Obama Ordered CIA To Train ISIS