No Charges for Guards Who Allegedly Locked Inmate in Scalding Shower

Dade Correctional Institution prison guards who allegedly locked a mentally ill Black man in a scalding shower will not face any charges in the incident.

Think Progress reports that Darren Rainey, 50, died after guards locked him in a shower for two hours with water at 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to the report, the incident was witnessed by inmates. An autopsy conducted in January by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner listed Rainey’s cause of death as “complications of schizophrenia, heart disease and ‘confinement’ in the shower.”

Nurses who examined his body also said Rainey had burns over 90 percent of his body.

Rainey died in 2012. On Friday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced her office would not seek charges against the four correctional officers allegedly connected to Rainey’s death.

“According to a report on the investigation, the facts and evidence in this case do not meet the required elements for the filing of any criminal charge.”

“The shower was itself neither dangerous nor unsafe” and that the “evidence does not show that Rainey’s well-being was grossly disregarded by the correctional staff,” the report continued.

At least six inmates said that correctional office rigged the shower in order to control its temperature. The inmates also claim the guards turned the water to temps that scalded Rainey. These same witness also told investigators that Rainey kicked the shower door and screamed, “Please take me out! I can’t take it anymore!”

But prosecutors said the witness accounts provided by the inmates were “not credible.”

Attorney Milton Grimes is representing Rainey’s family. He says justice has not been served.

“We are appalled that the state attorney did not look deeper into this case and see the criminality of the people who were involved,” Grimes told the Miami Herald. 

An investigation conducted by the Herald called Dade Correctional Institution “the deadliest prison in Florida.” It chronicled several abuses suffered by inmates at the hands of officers. Another mentally ill man hanged himself from an air conditioning vent around the same time Rainey died.

He left behind a list of alleged abuses he suffered while detained. Think Progress reports that in 2016, 16 inmates died while in custody at the Dade Correctional Institution.

 

 

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