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Outrage as prosecutor decides NOT to charge prison guards who 'boiled inmate to death' in scalding 180F shower for HOURS until his 'skin started peeling off'

Prosecutors: No crime in Florida inmate's hot-shower death

  • Miami-Dade prosecutors investigated 2012 death of Darren Rainey, 50
  • Rainey, a schizophrenic, was serving a two-year sentence on a cocaine charge
  • An inmate testified that Rainey was scalded to death by corrections officers
  • Other inmates said officers rigged showers to control temperatures
  • They then used the showers to punish unruly inmates, it was alleged
  • But a two-year investigation concluded that the inmates were not credible 
Darren Rainey, 50, was an inmate at Dade Correctional Institution. A criminal probe into his death in 2012 cleared corrections officers suspected of using scalding water on him

Darren Rainey, 50, was an inmate at Dade Correctional Institution. A criminal probe into his death in 2012 cleared corrections officers suspected of using scalding water on him

Prosecutors in Florida have found no evidence of a crime in the death of a prison inmate left for nearly two hours in a hot shower, concluding that he died accidentally in part because of undiagnosed heart disease and suffered no burn injuries.

The memo released Friday by the office of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle ends a lengthy criminal probe into the 2012 death of 50-year-old Darren Rainey, a mentally troubled man serving a two-year sentence on a cocaine charge.

An attorney for Rainey's family, Milton Grimes of Los Angeles, said in a statement that the family is 'disappointed and heartbroken' no charges will be brought.

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

The investigation found no evidence that officers at the Dade Correctional Institution regularly used the hot shower to punish or torture inmates, as some of them claimed after Rainey's death. 

Assistant State Attorneys Kathleen Hoague and Johnette Hardiman said in the 72-page memo that one inmate's assertions that Rainey was screaming for help and had been scalded to death were unfounded.

'The evidence fails to show that any correctional officer acted in reckless disregard of Rainey's life,' they wrote.

Rainey was taken to the shower on June 23, 2012, after he had smeared feces on himself, the walls of his cell and his bedsheets. 

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle (above) conducted a two-year investigation after inmates alleged that officers used hot water to torture Rainey

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle (above) conducted a two-year investigation after inmates alleged that officers used hot water to torture Rainey

The shower, which was operated from an adjoining room by a corrections officer to prevent inmates from turning it off, was activated but Rainey refused to stand under the water, according to the memo.

Officer Roland Clarke told Rainey he couldn't go back to his cell until he washed off.

Finally, Rainey said he would comply and asked for soap, which he was given, the memo says.

After starting to wash, Rainey said, 'No, I don't want to do this,' and leaned on a wall away from the water, Clarke told investigators. 

Officers continued to check on him, and finally after about two hours the decision was made to take Rainey out of the shower, but he was found lying face up in about 3 inches (8 centimeters) of water with no pulse and not breathing.

One inmate, Harold Hempstead, said he heard Rainey yelling and kicking at the shower door, saying, 'I'm sorry. I won't do it any more' and 'I can't take it no more.'

The prosecutors found Hempstead's claims, which he repeated to several news outlets, were not supported by other evidence, including video footage from inside the prison.

The above image shows the shower at the Dade Correctional Institution where Rainey died

The above image shows the shower at the Dade Correctional Institution where Rainey died

Rainey was taken to the shower on June 23, 2012, after he had smeared feces on himself, the walls of his cell and his bedsheets

Rainey was taken to the shower on June 23, 2012, after he had smeared feces on himself, the walls of his cell and his bedsheets

The shower, which was operated from an adjoining room by a corrections officer to prevent inmates from turning it off, was activated but Rainey refused to stand under the water, according to the memo

The shower, which was operated from an adjoining room by a corrections officer to prevent inmates from turning it off, was activated but Rainey refused to stand under the water, according to the memo

'Hempstead's testimony is inherently unreliable and therefore not credible,' Hoague and Hardiman wrote.

Several witnesses said Rainey's skin appeared to be peeled back or reddish in some spots - one inmate claimed he looked like a 'boiled lobster' - but an autopsy found this 'slippage' was most likely caused by friction or pressure on his moist and warm skin. 

This could have happened during efforts to revive him, such as chest compressions, or when officers carried him out of the shower initially, the memo said.

The medical examiner, Emma Lew, attributed Rainey's death to a combination of his schizophrenia, heart disease and confinement in the small shower space. 

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

'It is not substantiated that the temperatures inside the shower room were excessively high,' Lew wrote.

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.

'Placing an inmate who has defecated upon himself in a shower to decontaminate himself is not conduct that is criminally reckless,' they wrote. 'There was no evidence of any intent to harm Rainey.'

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Comment by CHIQUITA on March 21, 2017 at 2:08pm
Sooooooo...How did the man die? I tell u..Florida will be the first state to fall off & go straight to hell, because of the way they treat black people!
Comment by HoeZee on March 20, 2017 at 5:25pm

WTF !!!!!

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