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Four prison guards who were allegedly involved in the death of Darren Rainey—a schizophrenic inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution who died in 2012 after being thrown into a scalding hot shower and left there for two hours as punishment—will not be charged.

According to the Miami New Times, on Friday Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle‘s office said that corrections officers Edwina Williams, Cornelius Thompson, John Fan Fan, and Ronald Clarke will not be held accountable.

From the Miami News Times:

Fernandez Rundle’s 72-page close-out memo leans heavily on an autopsy that has been roundly criticized by civil-rights advocates. The report claims Rainey was not found with burns when he died.  Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida American Civil Liberties Association, has said in the past that the autopsy, which was leaked to the press during the investigation, showed that a federal investigation was needed.

Rundle’s office, however, noted that one Miami-Dade County cop reported that nurses said Rainey’s body had “red areas” on it, and that his skin was, indeed, “slipping off” after being removed from the shower. Rundle’s memo said, however, that this could have instead been due to “body decomposition,” rather than burns.

“In response to specific questions by Detective Sanchez regarding burns, Dr. [Emma] Lew advised that Rainey did not sustain any obvious external injuries, and, particularly, that there were no thermal injuries (burns) of any kind on his body,” the report says. It then adds that from 2012 to 2014, no cause of death was determined.

According to the outlet, several inmates claimed that they heard Rainey’s screams while he was in the shower. After his death, his loved ones felt forced to cremate his remains.

In Rundle’s memo that was released on Friday, she wrote that the evidence did not meet the requirements for filing criminal charges, reports the Miami News Times.

SOURCE: Miami News Times

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4 thoughts on “No Charges For Prison Guards Who Allegedly Scalded Black Schizophrenic Inmate

  1. This is murder and nothing else but murder by the state of Florida and the U.S.. These guards are wild animals doing as they please to another human without regard for him and backed by the state of Florida.

    The world sees this and ask American, how can you have the nerve to question us on human and cival rights when you treat your citizens worse than we treat ours? You’re no example to go by!

  2. specialt757 on said:

    So now you can take a two hour shower in prison? Really?
    SN: Where’s the orange Hitler’s tweet about this black mans injustice at the hands of law enforcement? He can hold “do you like me” rallies to discuss kapranick’s first amendment right when he clearly should be running the darn country.

  3. leadjustone on said:

    If he was schizophrenic, he should never have been in a prison. He should have been in a public mental health facility. Oh…that’s right! We don’t have those anymore. He needed treatment, and no matter what he did; he didn’t deserve to die that way. How could the guards listen to him scream out in pain, and allow him to remain in a scalding shower for two hours. Maybe they are mentally ill also.

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