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Fla. jail guards won’t face charges in Darren Rainey’s death

MIAMI — Prosecutors in Florida have found no justification of a crime in the death of a jail invalid left for scarcely two hours in a prohibited shower, final that he died incidentally in partial since of undiagnosed heart illness and suffered no bake injuries.

The memo expelled Friday by the bureau of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle ends a extensive rapist examine into the 2012 death of 50-year-old Darren Rainey, a mentally uneasy man portion a two-year judgment on a heroin charge.

An profession for Rainey’s family, Milton Grimes of Los Angeles, pronounced in a matter that the family is “disappointed and heartbroken” no charges will be brought.

“This is not probity for Darren, for his family, nor for the mentally ill who have been theme to identical abuse and mistreatment,” Grimes said.

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The review found no justification that officers at the Dade Correctional Institution frequently used the prohibited showering to retaliate or woe inmates, as some of them claimed after Rainey’s death. Assistant State Attorneys Kathleen Hoague and Johnette Hardiman pronounced 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 justification fails to show that any correctional officer acted in forward negligence of Rainey’s life,” they wrote.

Prosecutors in Florida have found no justification of a crime in the death of  Darren Rainey.

Prosecutors in Florida have found no justification of a crime in the death of  Darren Rainey.

(Florida Department of Corrections)

Rainey was taken to the showering on Jun 23, 2012, after he had dirty feces on himself, the walls of his dungeon and his bedsheets. The shower, which was operated from an adjoining room by a corrections officer to forestall inmates from branch it off, was activated but Rainey refused to mount under the water, according to the memo.

Officer Roland Clarke told Rainey he couldn’t go back to his dungeon until he cleared off. Finally, Rainey pronounced he would approve and asked for soap, which he was given, the memo says.

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After starting to wash, Rainey said, “No, we don’t wish to do this,” and leaned on a wall divided from the water, Clarke told investigators. Officers continued to check on him, and finally after about two hours the decision was done to take Rainey out of the shower, but he was found fibbing face up in about 3 inches (8 centimeters) of water with no beat and not breathing.

One inmate, Harold Hempstead, pronounced he listened Rainey yelling and kicking at the showering door, saying, “I’m sorry. we won’t do it any more” and “I can’t take it no more.” The prosecutors found Hempstead’s claims, which he steady to several news outlets, were not upheld by other evidence, including video footage from inside the prison.

“Hempstead’s testimony is inherently dangerous and therefore not credible,” Hoague and Hardiman wrote.

Darren Rainey died in Jun 2012 at the Dade Correctional Institution.

Darren Rainey died in Jun 2012 at the Dade Correctional Institution.

(Lynne Sladky/AP)

Several witnesses pronounced Rainey’s skin seemed to be peeled back or reddish in some spots — one invalid claimed he looked like a “boiled lobster” — but an autopsy found this “slippage” was many likely caused by attrition or vigour on his wet and comfortable skin. This could have happened during efforts to revitalise him, such as chest compressions, or when officers carried him out of the showering initially, the memo said.

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The medical examiner, Emma Lew, attributed Rainey’s death to a multiple of his schizophrenia, heart illness and capture in the tiny showering space. She pronounced schizophrenic people can have shaken complement reactions that trigger a heart attack if they have an underlying condition.

“It is not substantiated that the temperatures inside the showering room were excessively high,” Lew wrote.

The prosecutors dynamic that corrections officers did not dedicate murder or killing in Rainey’s death and that holding him to the showering was suitable under the circumstances.

“Placing an invalid who has defecated on himself in a showering to fumigate himself is not control that is criminally reckless,” they wrote. “There was no justification of any vigilant to mistreat Rainey.”

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