Prison Chief Promises To Expose Truth In Inmate Death
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Florida Department of Corrections Secretary spoke Thursday at the same place where an inmate had died back in 2012 after being left in a scalding hot shower.
Secretary Mike Crews said it is his promise and his mission to expose the truth.
” I am outraged, I am appalled over the reports coming out of the Dade CI. I will not stand for it,” said Crews.
He held a press conference Thursday at the Dade Correctional Institution, the very institution where 50-year old inmate Darren Rainy died in June of 2012.
Rainey allegedly ended up in a scalding hot shower. The water temperature is said to have been controlled by guards. Reportedly he had begged for mercy before being declared dead.
“We will seek out the bad apples,” said Crews.
Crews said that he would push for the Miami-Dade Police to find answers and conclude the 2-year old case.
Meanwhile, not everyone is confident that the system can now be trusted to police, and investigate itself.
CBS Chief investigator Michele Gillen met with Florida State Senator Oscar Brayon, 111, minority whip.
“I think the feds need to be brought in,” said Brayon. “We’ve passed the mark.”
Gillen asked the secretary if he thought it was acceptable that it had taken 2-years for an autopsy determination to be completed.
” I don’t run the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office and I would not like to gauge why they have not made a ruling,” Crews told Gillen.
Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Dr. Emma Lew conducted the autopsy of Darren Rainey. The CBS4 I-Team caught up with her at court on Thursday.
“There is a lot for us to investigate. That is why we want to have all the facts in before I make a ruling as to the cause and manner of death. It’s a complex case. It’s not like other cases that we see from correctional institutions. The circumstances are totally different from any other one that I’ve had,” said Lew.
Meanwhile, Rainey’s body no longer lies at the Medical Examiner’s Office. It was cremated and the ashes were given to his family nearly two-years ago. The focus will now seemingly be on the paper trail investigation.
Crews committed that efforts are underway to get to the bottom of how Rainy died and if and how anyone will be held responsible.
Crews did announce that the warden of the facility was put on paid administrative leave, but he said that the move was not a direct consequence of the inmate’s death.
Crews said that the move was “part of our overall leadership evaluation at Dade Correctional Institution.”
Click here to watch Michele Gillen’s report.
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