The mentally-ill prisoner at the Dade Correctional Institution was forced him to stand in a tiny shower stall while being blasted by scalding hot water until his skin began to shrivel away from his body after he defecated in his cell. Fellow inmates say he begged for his life before collapsing in the shower.
“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 a fellow inmate.
The Florida’s Department of Corrections often comes up with cruel and imaginative punishments for prisoners — allegedly ranging from starvation diets to forcing prisoners to fight so the guards could place bets.
The Miami Herald reports that it was DOC Officer Roland Clarke who was on video placing Rainey in the shower at 7:38pm on June 23, 2012. Conveniently, the camera outside the shower “malfunctioned” right after Rainey was forced in. He was found dead at 9:30pm.
The facility then did its best to cover up the death. Sources say that it was alleged that Rainey had a heart attack, yet DOC refused to perform an autopsy. The official cause of death has never been announced. No one has been charged with the death of Darren Rainey.
“Two years is a very long time to wait to find out why your brother was found dead in a shower,” said Rainey’s brother, Andre Chapman.
This is the exact reason why even I as a BLACK WOMAN do not feel protected by these officers of the law. They are a majority of men and women (mostly men though) who get high off the power they are given over people lives. All it takes is 6 months (depending on what state you live in) to complete police training and you can be in charge of people lives.
CA police officers are some of the highest paid in the country. In the SF Bay Area police officers and Deputy Sheriff’s can easily earn $100,000 or more per year. Many departmental starting salaries in the SF Bay Area are $30-38 per hour. Other parts of the country pay significantly less, however their costs of living are also much less. The median expected salary for a typical Police Patrol Officer in the United States is $45,780.00
So officers are being paid quite well for such little training and the ability to practice racism, sexism, to torture and get away with murder as in this case. This country was built on racism and the hatred the white man (yes, I said the white man) holds against those who aren’t the same skin color will never cease unfortunately.