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Cops Lock Man in Scalding Shower Until His Skin ‘Shriveled Off’ & He Died – Death Ruled ‘Accidental’

Miami, FL — In 2012, a 50-year-old mentally ill prison inmate named Darren Rainey died while locked in a scalding hot shower, rigged to inflict retribution on prisoners, by guards at Dade Correctional Institution.

Guards put the schizophrenic man in the shower as punishment for defecating in his cell. Instead of getting Rainey the help that he obviously needed, guards took it upon themselves to inflict torturous punishment for hours.

When guards finally checked on prisoner 060954, he was on his back and dead. According to the original documents involving his death, investigators noted that he’d been left in the hot steam for so long that his skin had shriveled from his body, a condition referred to as slippage.

According to the Miami Herald:

Prison officers took him to the small shower, which had been rigged to be controlled from an adjoining room, locked the door and left him there for up two hours as the stall filled with steam. Harold Hempstead, an inmate-orderly who was in a cell almost directly below the shower, told the Miami Herald he heard Rainey screaming for forgiveness.

“I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,’’ he screamed over and over, according to a grievance complaint from Hempstead.

Had Hempstead not risked his own safety to get this story to the press, no one would have even known about it.

For more than three years, not one of the guards involved in the torture and death of Rainey have been disciplined.

And now, just last week, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s autopsy report concluded that Rainey died from complications of schizophrenia, heart disease and “confinement” in the shower — but ruled that his death was ‘accidental.’

Authorities continue to keep the autopsy report private, but sources close to the investigation told the Miami Herald that the autopsy concluded that corrections officers had “no intent” to harm Rainey when they kept him in the shower for up to two hours.

Apparently Rainey’s cries of agony and apologies, which compelled other inmates to blow the whistle, were not because he was being harmed.

“I have not reviewed the M.E. report, but it defies logic that the conclusion is that Darren Rainey’s death was accidental,” said Howard Simon, the ACLU’s executive director in Florida. “This is why we called for and still need an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.”

The Dade Correctional Institution is no stranger to corruption and has been in the news numerous times in recent years for extreme cases of prisoner abuse.

According to local sources, 40-year-old Richard Mair hung himself from an air conditioning vent and left a suicide note claiming that he and other inmates were sexually and physically abused by guards on numerous different occasions.

According to the State Attorney’s office, they must now decide whether or not to bring charges against the officers involved. However, judging from the sheer length of this investigation and the recent ‘accidental’ death claim, it is unlikely that anyone will be held accountable.

The Free Thought Project’s attempt to get a statement from the State Attorney’s Office was declined.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

    • Yea cause this is an appropriate comment to this tragic story. Fucking scumbag. Go pimp your stupid girly tat page somewhere else. Pathetic

    • Fucking douchebag. When something bad happens too you hope in your story every one spams it’s with bullshit.

  • “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

  • Valeria

  • Really…what did they really thnk would happen

  • I wish my shower would stay hot for that long….

  • smh

  • Horrific!!

  • ops, lets not try this again.

  • Wtf. There is no law for the law. Criminal

  • Sicko’s In this society Justice is never granted, so if people want it they are going to have to take it.

  • same thing happened to me. But I didn’t die. Actually it was one of the better booking experiences.

  • What a way to die…

  • Fucked up

  • Wth?

  • Murder Inc.

  • There’s no excuse for this, America.

    • America is a slave nation and always has been

  • autopsy conducted by police department

  • Very disturbing

  • Torture? It should not be allowed…

  • This type of treatment must stop. It’s destroying all of us.

  • Reality

  • sickening..

  • Martial law isn’t going to be much better…God knows what they told soldiers in training..

  • time to have a cop expulsion program, with a legitimate cop code to follow

  • How can an autopsy determine the intent of corrections officers??!!
    It can’t.

  • WTH?????

  • Those weren’t cops. They were correctional officers.

  • Yep, that sounds about right.

  • EVIL Age evidence

  • Did they at least give him some soap?

  • same should be their punishment!!!!!!!!

  • So fucking sad

  • Biggest gang in PRISON is the guards

  • Unbelievable

  • Do the same to the corrections officers and in the end use the same excuse as they did “no intent”

  • WOW…


  • So they basically cooked him alive.

  • Oh my god why,why do you put mentally ill people in your prisons?!

    • Because “mentally ill” is just another phrase for “second class citizen”? I’m not saying that is how I feel, just that it seems this way. Obviously because many criminals are “mentally ill”, this means all of the “mentally ill” are criminals. Just another way to be marginalized and segregated from the other segments of the population.

    • There is no obvious way to distinguish between a ‘mentally ill’ person and one who’s ‘not’. They don’t carry badges or documentation and most, in my opinion, of them aren’t even diagnosed. People who have no mental issues don’t understand why someone who does, all too often, isn’t getting proper treatment when they look at the statistics of the narcotics being pushed down an easily persuaded and sedated society’s throat by the pharmaceutical pushers and corrupt medical system

    • not just the us,happens in EU too.hospitals are too full & care is expensive,the state doesnt want to pay for them neither does the tax-payer.

    • Why do they make the mentally ill police officers?

    • In California, the prisoners are all convicted felons. Many of them have a variety of mental issues and are catered to and treated. They still are dangerous and also need to be supervised by custody personnel.

  • No, they just thought it would be funny to see him scream. They didn’t think he would die.

  • Police are scum

  • Wth This is still bull shit!!!

  • Rudy Cerda u know anything about this site?

  • Cops are getting out of hand. If this continues the second civil war in U.S will be because of Cops.

  • WTF?


  • So by this logic, the halocaust was…an…accident?

  • One thing you don’t want to do is piss off a bunch of co’s… RIP

  • This is really old news

  • O_O

  • #CopLiesMatter

  • Sure they meant no harm, isn’t it obvious? Just like ISIS doesn’t mean to kill those who don’t follow their beliefs.

  • so murder

  • What was their intent did they not realise it would kill him of course they did it was intentional

  • wtf

  • the land of the free – unless you are black,muslim or hispanic .

  • hate to be them on judgement day

  • Sick ass MF…..!

  • What jail has hot water?

  • the zyklon b can’t be far behind.

  • Justice system ain’t shit this government ain’t shit and overall the us is proving not to be shit criminals with MF power

  • It’s extraordinary, and alarmingly specific, that easily over 90% of these types things I read are ALL coming out of America and nowhere else!?

  • I hope this man’s family sues the hell out of these people. By what criteria do they think those cretins who prevented him from getting from under scalding water “had no intent to harm him?” It takes a true subhuman to do this to someone.

  • Anyone that has studied criminal psychology can tell you that law enforcement has a very similar psychological profile…. that more than 50 percent of those that have been profiled have a big disposition towards psychopathy or sociopathy…

  • Murder!

  • What needs to happen is that these kinds of incodents should be dealt with by also giving out the guilty officers’ names home adresses , and contact info. this should ahppen every time.

  • How can anyone conclude there was no intent by locking him an area with scalding water???????????????

  • No one has considered the fact that this article is bullshit. There’s no case reference number lol. And they refer to correctional officers as cops. Not the same thing. At all.

  • It seems as if investigators don’t even concern themselves with the appearance of being fair and accurate anymore.

  • Do any of you know what actually happened here, or are does this just fit what you want to believe?

  • I thought the headline read “Caps-Lock-Man”

  • I had no intent to kill the baby by shoving it in the oven…

  • Why didnt he turn the temp down? Not all the cops fault here.

  • Whether the death was ‘accidental’ or not, cruel and unusual punishment remains unconstitutional.

  • So tell me, how intent would be proven in an autopsy. I’d really like to know.

  • No surprise here. It’s just business as usual

  • Cops will be the reason for a civil war? Get a new alarm clock dude, yours is not working.

  • Damn, lawsuit and imprisonment of some degree of murder. Negligence is no excuse for parents or any overseer!

  • Marsha Wosu

    What an interesting choice of words-overseer. Strange n eerily appropriate.

  • kaynash

    It’s hard to find anyone involved in our legal system who tells the truth….I’m not sure most of them even know what ‘truth’ is any longer.