Darren Rainey: Family settles lawsuit in Florida Prisoner’s shower death

This news just in, about Darren Rainey, the man who prison guards in Florida tortured to death by putting him in a hot shower for two hours, without any consequences for their actions. Florida prosecutors endorse murder, as long as it is by “law enforcers.” What a messy state! Endorsing bullies…

Thanks to Heinz from Austria we have this set of links on the story of Darren’s awful death at the hands of bullies, and of the brave and ethics abiding Harold Hempstead, who deserves our respect and support for reporting on this tragic murder by the state of Florida:

Family settles lawsuit in Florida Prisoner’s shower death

http://www.wral.com/family-settles-lawsuit-in-florida-prisoner-s-shower-death/17291485/

The family of a mentally ill Florida inmate who died after being left for nearly two hours in a hot shower has settled a civil rights lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections.

Florida prosecutors refuse to charge guards for trapping prisoner in hot shower until it killed him

One inmate alleges Darren Rainey was yelling and screaming in the shower for two hours

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/miami-dade-prison-darren-rainey-no-charge-guards-hot-shower-boiled-burns-schizophrenic-a7637051.html

Inmate Rainey’s death deemed not a crime; but an ‘accident’ — really?!

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article140231758.html

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http://www.georgemallinckrodt.com/getting_away_with_murder.htm

Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers at the Alred Unit in Iowa Park – Texas

Comrade Malik in Texas stands in Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers at the Alred Unit in Iowa Park, Texas

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!

There is a hunger strike going on right now at the Alred-Ad-Seg Unit which is located in Iowa Park, Texas. There is a High Security Unit in Iowa Park, Texas and my comrade and fellow IWOC member Xinachtili also known as Alvaro Luna Hernandez is housed there.

A lot of prisoners are on hunger strike in protest of the cruel and inhumane conditions which have been allowed to be visited upon the prisoners in the Ad-Seg Unit.

The key issues are:

  • Lack of opportunities to go to Outside Recreation.
  • Cold food being served every meal at the Ad-Seg/High Security Unit.

There has been rumors of physical abuse but I will let Xinachtli provide more in-depth details as he is housed there and I am not.

There are a lot of similar problems here at Eastham Ad-Seg and some of the common denominators which allow these problems to continue are:

  • Serious Shortages of Staff all over TDCJ
  • Lack of funds to make repairs on anything
  • Deliberate Indifference and Abuse by uncaring Staff at Alred!

The 85th Texas Legislature which convened in 2017 approved a massive multi-million dollar cut to the budget of the Texas Department of Criminal INJustice. I believe the amount was close to $212 million give or take. There have been numerous unintended consequences as a result of these cut backs—staff shortages is just one.

We have also seen an inordinate amount of prisoner deaths as a result of subpar medical care given by employees of the University of Texas Medical Branch whose headquarters is in Galveston, Texas and I believe the President of the Corrupt UTMB organization is a man named Dr. David Callender.

One issue that I’d like to bring to your attention is that prisoners who are housed in Ad-Seg all over Ad-Seg but especially at the Alred Unit are more vulnerable to abuse by TDCJ prison employees because they are more isolated from the general public, the Media and Their FAMILIES!!

Hunger Striking is the last ditch effort to have their grievances heard. This is a cry for HELP! We cannot ignore them.

My name is Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and I am a Human Rights Activist.
Please aid me in drawing attention to this serious situation.

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign.
You can view his work at comrademalik.com or you can write him directly at:

Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington
TDC #1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Rd. #1
Lovelady, Texas 75851

Sacrificing Self: Activism Beyond the Wall

By Comrade Kado, Eastham Unit, Texas

Photo of Comrade Kado

Comrade Kado, who has been receiving retaliation for reporting human rights abuses in a Texas prison

Received: Dec. 18, 2017 and on Dec. 29th via email from recipient of his letter.

In the “care” and custody of prison nation’s notoriously cruel southern giant – Texas – one might question how so bad a circumstance could become worse… As an activist for human rights and prison abolition, housed in solitary confinement, you may consider that this is as bad as it gets.

Before picking up this pen and typing paper in pursuance of liberation for the human people bound, abused, and silenced by the oppressors of a corrupt nation – I safeguarded as best I could against retaliation. I had zero cases for any type of misconduct in a number of years, so [I] made this point known of misconduct in a number of years, so made this point known and clear. A very dedicated contact, and supporter in this – the revolution – even had the governor Greg Abbott request an inquiry of my disciplinary history. This [was] done because of how activists seem to “suddenly” get cases and thus receive very restrictive, repressive and oppressive custody levels. For a time this seemed sufficient to combat the silencing tactics used [to] lash out at me for [my] voice, my struggle… of course I had to endure such problematic issues as: mail being withheld going outside or coming to me, sudden moves to housing that is close proximity with violently disruptive prisoners, and even having my property and family addresses “mistakenly” into another offenders’ cell, along with property taken without receiving confiscation papers during annual lock down… I endured those things and considered them merely part of this struggle.

Current events I bring to you now are to expose the actions and lengths the oppressors go to.

Ad. Seg. is a very effective tool to pick apart any targeted “offender.” Separated, isolated with no witnesses beyond the officers and staff. Every action is not random and has purpose. Once a weakness presents itself it is capitalized upon. I bring this to the attention of you comrades, not for the purpose of discouragement, nor sympathy… Simply for you to know the opposition, to know what to prepare for.

Recently I received a Jpay email that my grandmother was in final stages of colon cancer. The doctors gave her a week. In Seg., only 5-minute calls are permitted upon request every 90 days (if offenders are case-free). As it had not been 90 days since my last call, I needed to request an emergency call. This is done for deaths in the family or similar circumstances. I spoke to each shift sergeant I saw. Everyone promised to let me say goodbye to the loved one I would never see or speak to again… As days ticked by and I paced that cell, people were pulled on my line building for calls only to stop right before my cell and feign some problem or another. This, of course, had me in a state of desperate anticipation – a desired effect… A man in an already agonizing state is expected to break or lash out when he is agitated further (i.e. losing mail, antagonizing, denial of recreation, cold or small portioned food trays adding hunger to the state of hurt… It goes on and on – it also works).

Around the tenth day I stopped a C.O. named “Skaggs” while he was doing phone calls and asked him to just look at the jpay email. After seeing that there had been so much time past the week my grandmother was given left, and also that those sergeants I spoke to still did not have me on the list for call, he took the Jpay email down to the office himself to see what he could do. He came back and took me to call. Skaggs also had to listen to my call (they do that for Seg). My mother answered while in the funeral home – Grandma passed and Mom was so overcome with emotion she was unable to speak… [had I] been given such a notice that I had plenty of time to say my goodbye…

C.O. Skaggs was very compassionate and since my mom was hysterical and unable to talk due to being in the funeral home – he told me to let my mother know I would call that following day between 7pm and 8pm.

No call was given. Two days crawled by – no doubt with my mother, who also had failing health, worried senseless about me or why I never called back… Skaggs returned to my cell front to apologize and let me know that “Higher up” reprimanded him for what he did and that I had to take it up with his superiors. No call was ever given.

By now it is known by the oppressors that I am in a bad state of mind on top of being in solitary – time to ply their trade: my mail is held ridiculously long periods of time, more “shake downs” of my cell, cold food… Then a suicide occurs and another liver failure which I expose, and the “big guns” come out: The day following my exposure of a young man’s suicide, (see “Dropping Like Flies”) I am approached by a female sergeant at my cell front close to ten-o’clock night-time and asked my statement on a bogus case. A case alleging I committed an offense in public at 9pm that night. Then I am ordered to strip out of my clothes, put on only boxer shorts, submit to restraints and go to level 2 without my property, without due process…

I am now housed surrounded by screaming, raving offenders who are the poor souls that have long ago lost themselves to the cruelty, the oppression and torture of TDCJ. Now they themselves are used as tools of torment… no way to find sleep, the smell of fecal matter, urine and bodies unwashed for mont… this is how Texas fights activism, this is Texas Justice. I am not to be broken, I have been lucky to land here… the terrible cruelties that I witness here will find a voice to the people who make the struggle possible. I worry that my health is at risk, and if I fall silent, it may be that they have stopped mail, or taken a step further…

I have gotten word Comrade Malik is very sick. (Following the triumph in federal court?) Please follow up on his condition and care under TDCJ custody – mine also. Today I had to stop every officer working, sergeant “Brown” still was left, for close to 4 hours dealing with chest pain and dizziness before being escorted to medical where my blood pressure was in the red! None of my medication was brought to my new cell. My concerns for my health and safety are very real, these people aren’t happy – looks like I’m doing my job. Struggle not and you are but a slave!

Revolutionaries, you are the voice to protest and with a great love for the people and mighty rage against oppression I shall struggle until I’m free or dead. Fight the power! Fight for freedom! Fight toxic prisons!!

Comrade Kado

Please contact me with any letters of support, news of the struggle or simple words in solidarity. If you email me & desire a response, leave your snail mail address please.

Email at: www.jpay.com (Noah Jack Coffin #1795167)

Mail:
Noah Coffin #1795167
2665 Prison Rd #1
Lovelady, TX 75851


Read more stories by Comrade Kado:

Cold disregard: Texas prison guards and University of Texas medical staff ignore excruciatingly painful spider bite (Dec. 15, 2017)

The condemnable and the condemned: To live and die in Texas prisons (with Comrade Malik, Sept. 16, 2017)

Exploited, abused, neglected: Mental illness and solitary confinement in Texas prisons (with Comrade Malik, July 18, 2017)

My nextdoor neighbor Ben committed suicide in Eastham Unit-Texas

Received from Comrade Malik in Texas:

Greetings Everyone! I’m very sad to report that my nextdoor neighbor Benjamin LaRue, AKA “Ben” committed suicide last night here at Eastham. Ben was a very young white male 24 or 25 years old. He only had a 3 year sentence!! And now he is gone. Needless to say, I am very upset because I saw the signs of depression and I failed to Act. He just had a visit yesterday!! I thought he was OK. I was wrong.

The officer on duty was not doing his security checks! I will be writing a detailed essay about this death. Once again, I am pleading for a visit. I need to talk to someone who really cares about humyn beings. These people neglected Ben. They knew he was troubled (mentally ill). They ignored him!! No matter what T.D.C.J. says, Ad-seg is still as form of solitary confinement and it is no place for anyone but especially for those who have been diagnosed with mental illness!!

Eastham Ad-seg unit is a Torture & Abuse camp! Although I may sound upset, I am strong and my resolve to expose and fight against abuse & injustice is strengthened.

His name was Benjamin LaRue and his life mattered!!

In Solidarity,

Malik
(Nov 18 2017)
Malik can be reached via Jpay.com (search for: Keith Washington, Texas TDCJ nr: 1487958 or by writing him to:

Keith Malik Washington, TDC# 1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road 1
Lovelady, Texas 75851

Here is a poem Malik wrote that he dedicated to Benjamin LaRue:

 

Bad Karma

By Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

 You were vested with authority in order to oversee and care for those whose lives had become a bust.

Instead of sustenance and care you traumatized, degradd, and dehumanized your charges, blatantly violating the public’s trust.

For years I observed you—patiently I waited behind the scenes.

You grew arrogant and cocky—puffed up with pride—thinking it was ok to mistreat society’s throw-aways and discarded humyn beings.

When the vulnerable cried out for Justice—you cleaned up the crime scenes and pretended as if the deaths were accidents, always claiming the Agency did no wrong.

We let you get away and as a result you became very confident that weak indigent prisoners could never overcome the strong.

But perceptions of the oppressors are just subjective feelings not always based on FACT.

Your crimes have caught up with you now and No Power in this world can ever Hold us Back!

Did you really believe you’d get away after hurting all these innocent people?
No recompense, no pay back, totally scot-free??

Not so fast STATE of Texas I have something very special for the media and the public to see!!

What you dished out will be given back in dividends—10 times worse in the END.

My name is BAD Karma and I’m definitely not your friend.

Remember the elderly and disabled at Estelle you allowed them to be beat-I was there.

Remember when we asked Senator Whitmire to intervene—he said he didn’t CARE!

Remember when we asked if the water at Pack I was poison—you said it was ok.

Remember the suicides which were actually murders—you took our sons, brothers, husbands, fathers brutally away!

Well, all those things are catching up with you Gregg; are you ready, it is now Judgement Day.

I won’t announce when I’m coming bust surely I will Arrive.

I’m Bad Karma; isn’t Destiny Great? don’t you feel blessed to be Alive?

Well it’s over—you’ve been found out—you most certainly did nothing great.

I’m Bad Karma, here to show the world what happens to Government officials who make a living sowing seeds of HATE!

 This poem is dedicated to Benjamin LaRue, a mentally ill prisoner and friend of Malik who recently was found dead in his cell at the Eastham Ad-seg unit in Lovelady Texas

Santa Clara Main Jail Hunger Strike Press Conference

PRESS CONTACT: Jose Valle jose@siliconvalleydebug.org (408) 661-2604
FAMILIES CONTACT: Benee Vejar benee@siliconvalleydebug.org (408) 529-5971
 
Rally to Support Santa Clara County Jail Hunger Strike
End Indefinite Solitary Confinement and Arbitrary Classification Reviews

When: Thursday October 19th, 2017 12:00 PM (Noon

Where: Santa Clara County Main Jail 
(On the corner of W. Hedding St. and N. San Pedro St. San Jose, Ca)
 
What: It has been one year since October 22, 2016, when Prisoners United in Santa Clara County’s Main Jail suspended their hunger strike. The suspension was given to show a good faith effort and allow time for Sheriff Laurie Smith to end cruel and unusual punishment and inhumane living conditions, due to arbitrary classification reviews and the torturous practice of solitary confinement.
Although some changes have been made, prisoners continue to be subjected to arbitrary practices which deny the spirit of intent and will lift the suspension of the hunger strike beginning October 22, 2017. This Hunger Strike will span across 2 counties and 4 jails; Santa Clara County Main Jail, Elmwood D.O.C, Glenn Dyer Detention Center and Santa Rita Jail (Alameda County).
A rally and press conference in support of the hunger strike will be held by Silicon Valley De-Bug and supporting family and community members on Thursday October 19, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in front of the Main Jail.
 
For orgs, families and community members who can not attend the press conference we urge for you to contact the below numbers/emails EVERYDAY until they meet the 5 Core demands:
  1. End: Meaningless Classification Reviews
  2. End: Indefinite Solitary Confinement
  3. End: Group Punishment
  4. End: Arbitrary Practices of Cruel and Unusual Punishment During Unstructured Programming (Time Out of Cell)
  5. End: Rigid Family/Friends Visitation Policies
Orgs, families and community members CALL:

Santa Clara County Sheriff Administration:

(408) 808-4900

laurie.smith@sheriff.sccgov.org

carl.neusel@sheriff.sccgov.org

christopher.grumbos@shf.sccgov.org

eric.taylor@shf.sccgov.org

troy.beliveau@sheriff.sccgov.org


Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors:

(408) 299-5001

cindy.chavez@bos.sccgov.org

mike.wasserman@bos.sccgov.org

dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org

supervisor.yeager@bos.sccgov.org

supervisor.simitian@bos.sccgov.org

Alameda County Sheriff Administration:

(510) 272-6878

Alameda County Board of Supervisors:

Prisoner Lives Matter Too – But Not In Texas!

By Keith “Malik” Washington

“To cooperate passively with an unjust system makes the oppressed as evil as the oppressor.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers!

This month of October 2017 marks the 10th year that I have been incarcerated inside prisons and jails operated and maintained by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Many things have changed in those ten years, but many things have stayed the same. The “lock ’em up and throw away the key” philosophy is still prevalent in the state of Texas. I watched closely as prisoner rights advocate Jennifer Erschabek fought passionately to reform the broken parole system in Texas. The Texas legislature has no desire or will to change the system. Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson, a Democrat from Houston, Texas, agreed with Ms Erschabek that the parole system needed reforming, and she authored a bill, HB2120 that would have given more prisoners in Texas a realistic chance of freedom. The bill died in committee.

In Texas, prisoner lives don’t matter, and nothing illustrates this point better than the decision by the Federal Government to abandon over 2000 prisoners at the Federal Prison Complex in Beaumont during Hurricane Harvey. My friend, journalist Candice Bernd of Truth-Out, wrote a heart-wrenching piece which detailed the horrendous living conditions prisoners were forced to contend with during and in the aftermath of Harvey.

As far as the state response to Hurricane Harvey, I have to admit TDCJ did a very good job evacuating state prisoners and moving them out of harm’s way.

However, I recently returned from a Federal Bench Warrant in order to attend a Federal Civil Court proceeding. While en route to Court, and during the many days it took me to return, I discovered some horrible things.

I travelled to many other prison units in mid to late September 2017. I spoke directly to prisoners who were travelling on buses and vans with me. One glaring issue and topic which continued to come up throughout the course of our conversations is the shocking increase of prisoner deaths inside facilities operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Many of these deaths are attributed to an epidemic of synthetic marijuana usage, which has created chaos for both prisoners and staff throughout the State of Texas.

The problem seemed to be extraordinarily pronounced at the Beto I Unit located in Tennessee Colony, Texas. I spent about 1 week at Beto awaiting my transfer back to the Eastham Unit which is located in Lovelady, Texas.

The Senior Warden who is in charge of ensuring the safety and security of both his staff and the prisoners in his care is Mr Norris Jackson. In my opinion, Warden Jackson has failed miserably in protecting the lives of prisoners, and he should be removed by the agency immediately.

Here is what I have discovered:

In the past 2 months, there have been approximately 10 prisoner deaths on the Beto I Unit. The cause of these deaths has been varied, but are in line with a pattern and a trend my free-world friends have noticed across the penal state:

  1. K-2 (synthetic marijuana) and the psychotic episodes associated with its usage is causing deaths at Beto Unit.

  2. Employee abuse, medical neglect and deliberate indifference are causing deaths on Beto Unit.

  3. Prisoner-on-prisoner assaults and suicides are causing deaths on Beto Unit and many other Texas prisons.

The bottom line is prisoners in Texas are dying at an alarming rate. I need help from media correspondents in order to uncover the details.

Contrary to the popular belief among prison administrators in Texas: prisoner lives do matter!

Sisters and brothers, no matter the race, religion or gender of a persyn, a humyn life is precious to me!

I can introduce you to caring and thoughtful prisoners at Beto I Unit who can provide you with the much-needed details concerning these deaths so we can collectively save some lives.

Lorie Davis is the director of TDCJ’s Correctional Institution Division, please let’s ask her why Warden Jackson continues to fail in preserving and saving the lives of prisoners.

Saving lives should be Job #1, don’t you think?

If you are interested, please contact me or one of my dedicated free-world comrades.

Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people,

Comrade Malik

Keith “Malik” Washington is a humyn rights activist currently incarcerated in Texas. He is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. Malik is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and he is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or write him directly at Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington TDC# 1487958 Eastham Unit, 2665 Prison Road 1 Lovelady, Texas 75851 (936) 636-7321 ext. (**009)


[received by PWN via an email of the supportgroup for Malik, 10-19-2017]

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela: International Campaign for Human Rights of U.S. Political Prisoners

By Jalil Muntaqim

[Sent to Prisonwatch Network, received Oct. 14th 2017]

We will be petitioning the United Nations – Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, urging the International Jurist to initiate a formal investigation into human rights abuses of U.S. political prisoners.

In 1977, I initiated a National Prisoners Petition Campaign to the United Nations. The campaign petitioned the United Nations to recognize the existence of U.S. political prisoners. The petition was documented as E/CN.4/Sub.2/NGO/75, pertaining to racism and the conditions of political prisoners in [the] U.S. penal system.

As occurred in 1979, the International Jurist investigated the existence of U.S. political prisoners and reported their findings to the United Nations. Some of those same political prisoners interviewed in 1979, still languish in prison today. They continue to suffer racial oppression from being murdered by white supremacist (Hugo Pinel), brutal assaults by prison guards (Herman Bell); indefinitely held in solitary confinement for political speech (Kevin Rashid Johnson, Jaan Laaman); suffer medical neglect (Imam Jamil Al-Amin, Robert Seth Hayes, Tom Manning); persistent parole denials after becoming eligible for release (Veronza Bowers, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Sundiata Acoli, Jalil A. Muntaqim), the list is extensive.

On August 18, 2017, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) – Decision 1(93) in Acting under its Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure, issued a statement calling for the United States of America to critically denounce the “horrific events in Charlottesville of 11-12 August, 2017 leading to the death of Heather Heyer….” The failure of the U.S. government to condemn the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists represents the unspoken philosophy of the U.S. government since the inception of the Transatlantic Slave trade. By virtue of the historical dynamics of this country’s racial conflicts, there has been centuries of dissent, protests, revolts and insurrections. Such protests against racial oppression has resulted in the existence of political prisoners.

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela, we are calling for a new investigation by the International Jurist on the human rights abuses of U.S. political prisioners. It is incumbent of freedom loving peoples’ of the world to join in this campaign to expose this incessant racial repression by U.S. white supremacist practices on U.S. political prisoners.

I am requesting the body of the United Nations, in its authority and capacity, in support of Human Rights to vigilantly support this campaign. The Jericho Amnesty Movement, the premier U.S. political prisoner support organization, and the Northeast Political Prisoners Coalition will provide documents, statements, and material to the investigative body cataloging the human rights abuses of U.S. political prisoners.

The Chairperson of CERD, Anastasia Crickley, criticizing the U.S. government’s indulgence toward white supremacists, on August 23, 2017, stated: “…there should be no place in this world for racist white supremacists’ ideas or any similar ideologies that reject the core human rights principles of human dignity and equality. We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred. We call on the U.S. Government to investigate thoroughly the phenomenon of racial discrimination targeting, in particular, people of African descent, ethnic or ethno-religious minorities, and migrants.”

Hence, by virtue of CERD’s position condemning the U.S. Government’s failure to denounce white supremacist in Charlottesville, we are calling for the International Jurist to conduct the same investigation urged by CERD on the human rights abuses of U.S. political prisoners.

Respectfully submitted,

Jalil Abdul Muntaqim
Sullivan Correctional Facility
October 10, 2017

For more information on this human rights campaign contact:

www.thejerichomovement.com
www.jerichony.org
Email: nycjercho@gmail.com
The Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition

“In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela!”


We received this flyer from Jalil too:

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela - flyer p.1

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela – flyer p.1

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela - flyer p.2

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela – flyer p.2