The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just opened a criminal investigation into the Florida officers who murdered 50-year-old Darren Rainey in what is being called a shower “torture chamber.”
The Civil Rights Division of the DOJ has reportedly acknowledges that the Florida inmate may have been murdered by prison officials in what the Miami Herald described as a “scalding torture chamber.”
The Herald investigation further found that Rainey was tortured by guards in 2012 when he defecated in his cell. Rainey was known by the guards to be schizophrenic. In spite of his mental health diagnosis being known to the guards, when he refused to clean up the mess, they tortured him.
The “scalding torture chamber” was created with a locked shower that had a hose from a nearby janitorial closet rigged up so that it would cover him with 180-degree water.
The steam from the water itself was said to have essentially suffocated Rainy. The heat from the water literally burned the skin off of his body.
Corrections officers Cornelius Thompson and Roland Clarke were two of those involved who were confirmed to have mocked Rainey as he was tortured to death. Thompson and Clarke laughed as Rainy kicked on the door of the shower begging to get out.
They left him in there for two hours, after which he collapsed and died.
In recent months, the Florida prison system has been criticized for a string of suspicious inmate deaths.
Rainey’s family has now filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Corrections.
They have included the health care company Corizon in the suit, as the company was responsible for Rainey’s medical care as part of their contract with the prison.
The Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida, Howard Simon, said in an interview with the Miami Herald that the Department of Corrections has not changed a thing about how they operate.
“There must be a change in the culture in Florida prisons,” he said. “But that is not going to happen until officials are routinely held accountable for the brutality that too often characterizes our state prison system.”
Watch the local report from WTVT news…
(Article by S. Wooten and M. David)