ACLU calls for federal probe into prisoner inmate death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The death of Florida inmate, Darren Rainey, happened two years ago. Now the ACLU and other human rights groups want to know why nothing was ever said or done about it.

The details of what happened can make you cringe.

"The skin was separated from the body," said NAACP of Florida Vice President Dale Landry.

The incident involved 50-year-old Darren Rainey. He was an inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution when he died in June 2012.

"Since 2012, we haven't concluded an investigation, nobody's been charged," Landry said.

The NAACP joined the ACLU in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking them to investigate the night of the incident.

They say Rainey - a prisoner with mental illness - was locked in a closet-style shower as a form of punishment. The group then says officers turned on scolding hot water and Rainey was left there for two hours until he was found dead.

"We're talking about the investigation is still ongoing, somebody needs to come in and find out, somebody," Landry added.

Prison officials tell us there's not much they could discuss because of the ongoing investigation.

Rainey's past includes three arrests in Hillsborough County. He was spending time with DOC after a Pinellas County arrest for cocaine possession.

In their letter, the groups are asking the Department of Justice to hold prison officials accountable for his and other recent deaths at DOC facilities.

"If these allegations turn out to be true based on this investigation then I think people have to be held responsible."

The DOC sent out two press releases about this issue. One says if criminal behavior or wrongdoing is found they will take action. The other announces a comprehensive review of procedures relating to inmates with mental health conditions.


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