Florida: Schizophrenic Man Boiled To Death By Guards NO CHARGES

Darren Rainey, 50, died while incarcerated at the Dade Correctional Institution.  He was serving a 2-year sentence for a victimless crime (possession of cocaine).  At the time of his death, he had only one month to go before his release.

Prison guards forced him to stand in a tiny shower stall while being blasted by scalding hot water, until his skin began to shrivel away from his body and he died.  Fellow inmates say he begged for his life before collapsing in the shower.

The Florida’s Department of Corrections consistently finds new cruel and imaginative punishments for prisoners — allegedly ranging from starvation diets to forcing prisoners to fight so the guards can place bets.

Full story:     Man cooked to death in scalding shower as punishment by prison guards<http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/darren-rainey/>

 

Former employees of Dade Correctional Institution in Homestead say mentally ill are being abused and mistreated. (Photo by Lonny Paul)

Florida:  Schizophrenic Man Boiled To Death By Guards NO CHARGES

The Florida Department of Corrections did not do an investigation because no autopsy was done at the time of Darren Rainey’s murder. What about witnesses?

According to reports this man was a schizophrenic who was incarcerated for possession of a small amount of cocaine (today drug addiction is seen as a medical problem and not a crime now that the complexion changed). He had a medical problem and did not deserve to die in this manner. He had mental illness, so what treatment did he receive? Scalding hot water when he defecated on himself!

This was simply outrageous. It came in the wake of the increasing exposure of police brutality and profit schemes around private prisons involving the judicial system. Yet, there was still no justice. Racial profiling schemes are built on the War on Drugs, and the ‘Broken Windows’ theory intentionally targets people of color, the homeless and the mentally ill.

Darren Rainey was the perfect target. A bullseye was written all over him by a corrupt justice system that labelled and condemned him to this evil fate. A fate that saw him tortured and murdered by prison guards without remorse or respect for humanity.

An oppressive air of slavery resides at Dade Correctional, where the inmates are at the hands of cruelty by their masters (aka prison guards). The article makes clear this correctional facility is notorious for its torture yet Florida decided that no investigation was necessary.

Almost two years passed at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida, where it appeared Darren Rainey was abused, tortured and humiliated regularly by prison guards. At this facility known for torture of inmates, this was routine.

On May 2014, Julie K. Brown of The Miami Herald wrote the first in a series of stories about violence and corruption at Dade CI and other prisons. She wrote that there had been constant accusations of poor treatment of mentally ill prisoners, poor conditions in the food preparation area, and other concerns.[5]<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dade_Correctional_Institution#cite_note-BrownbackinSpotlight-5>

In 2014 former Dade CI prisoner Harold Hempstead accused prison authorities of fatally torturing prisoner Darren Rainey <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Darren_Rainey>.

In July 2014 Mike Crews, the FDOC secretary, suspended the warden of the Dade Correctional Institution and put him on paid leave. Later that month Cummings was fired.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dade_Correctional_Institution

What Deterrents Are In Place to Prevent Such Abuses by Prison Guards?

There is the Constitution and there are laws; however there is no one to enforce them behind bars when the enforcers are the perpetrators.

Prison guards and law enforcement officers are always given the benefit of the doubt even when the evidence points to murder. In the case of Darren Rainey, none of the guards faced charges; they returned to duty. The case was reopened earlier this year and again no charges filed against the four correctional officers involved in the torture death of Mr Rainey. This happens too frequently where law enforcement officials are not charged for cold bloodied murder.

Murder is murder, and it shoukd have consequences, whether the criminal justice system wishes to acknowledge the crime or not.

Those prison guards are now more of a threat to inmates than ever before, because they got away with murder. As long as their crime is confined to the prison, society ignores it. But what about their families and friends? Aren’t they too at risk for domestic violence, child abuse and a life of suffering crime?

A murderer is a murderer even in uniform, and that person remains dangerous despite our justification and feigned ignorance.

Eventually, we become what we tolerate.

References:

  1. Protesters to Demand Rundle’s Resignation Today Over Darren Rainey’s Death<http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/darrenrainey-darren-rainey-protesters-to-demand-justice-rundles-resignation-today-9228377>

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/darrenrainey-darren-rainey-protesters-to-demand-justice-rundles-resignation-today-9228377

  1. Innocent pedestrian attacked by police, framed with charges, imprisoned for 15 months<http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/ronald-jones/>

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/ronald-jones/

  1. Miami Herald: Allegations Of Abuse Of Mentally-Ill In Florida Prison<http://fcir.org/2014/05/21/miami-herald-allegations-of-abuse-of-mentally-ill-in-florida-prison/>

http://fcir.org/2014/05/21/miami-herald-allegations-of-abuse-of-mentally-ill-in-florida-prison/

  1. Source of Lead: Amor Welcome to Daily Life and Living Blog!<http://dailylifeandliving.blogspot.com/>

 

 

Should Police Officers Be First Responders For 911 Medical Calls

Mental Illness vs Terrorism

These days medical problems are  morphing into “national security” risks.

Muslims with mental illness, who commit violent acts, are diagnosed as ‘terrorists’ and their mental illness ignored. Black people with mental illness, who are a threat to themselves, maybe suicide, are now being killed by first responder cops who feel threatened by their color and illness.

So as more medical problems are misdiagnosed as national security risks, negative health outcomes increase.

What do we physicians do to honor the oath of doing no harm? By permitting first responders to harm mentally ill patients, we abandon our oath and add to poor outcomes and the mounting expense of healthcare.

Aren’t we the gatekeepers of healthcare? Shouldn’t we intervene when harm is done by those who are supposed to transport and help keep our patients healthy?

{I believe} There are no official statistics on the number of deaths or injuries caused by first responders.

Given the current environment, where cops ‘shoot to kill’ suicidal patients and those with flare ups of their mental illness, isn’t it time we track such?

If the medical community remains silent and blind to these egregious deviations in the standard of care, we will herald in a new era of medicine where harm is normal. A situation where medical error is the number one leading cause of death instead of a close third.

Lack of responsible oversight or statistics on LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) encounters with patients experiencing flare ups, or severe mental illness, has put patients at risk for death and worsening of their mental and physical ailments.

Simple interventions can go a long way. Straightforward respectful communication, on the part of first responders, can go a long way to averting bad outcomes.

Unfortunately, in most cases with bad outcomes, communication is poor. Attempts to get family members or friends involved, to de-escalate the situation, are now rarely sought.

Why? Is it better to just kill these patients who are in need of help?

Cops are first responders in the healthcare delivery system and as such should attempt to do no harm at all cost.  They chose to be police officers and are paid well for the service they are hired to perform.

Has the principle of mental illness care changed such that death by first responders is a more cost effective mode? Has imprisonment become a more secure environment for patients with mental illness? Where have all the State mental hospitals gone?

These are all problematic questions. We have a rise in mental and physical illnesses with poorer medical outcomes. And are we planning to exclude these patients from government statistics to make our health outcomes sound better than they actually are?

Misdiagnosing those with severe mental illness as terrorists, or threats to police security, leads to an escalation in problems. More power and money spent on law enforcement and less on effective treatment that could improve health outcomes.

Over 55 cents of each dollar goes to the DoD instead of money spent to better understand and treat people with mental illness humanely. We could target effective approaches to treat and de-escalate flare-ups so common in patients with severe mental illness.

Much debate has gone into First and Second Amendment rights. Let’s now face in earnest the reality around us.  A reality for which we have no metric or indicator to guide us when police officers administer inappropriate first responder care. A reality that unnecessarily mislabels patients and does harm when patients are treated as criminals.

I leave the reader with this last question: Should Police Officers be first responders for 911  medical calls?

Leave me your answer in the comments…

 

 

IT’S NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSION!

IT’S NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSION!

Diminished activity, fatigue, weight gain and little interest in activities that once brought delight.

With normal laboratory findings, most doctors would diagnose depression.

It’s not always depression!

Other physical ailments presenting similarly make the history and physical pertinent, as well as understanding culture and the differences in the clinical narrative due to culture.

To simply say it is depression, without a thorough review of all symptoms, is to jeopardize the health of patients. Plus not appreciate the impact of culture on health outcomes.

Unfortunately, nowadays, that is the case. Most doctors don’t dig deeper and many have forgotten the relevance of a good history and physical. The latter now relegated to cursory scope on the chest and back.

Such is the state of medicine today in the United States! I know because I have been a physician for all my career.

The above symptoms are actually due to visual problems. Mine!

Diminished vision can affect ones ability to function. Presenting similar to depression as well as leading to secondary complications of depression.

[ Link to Visual problems http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-quirky-brain-how-depression-may-alter-visual-perception ]

By not recognizing the primary problem as visual, misdiagnosis and unnecessary medications follow, as well as deterioration in vision and functional capacity.

Unfortunately, the medical textbooks do not tell doctors this. Many lazily believe those symptoms signal depression until stated otherwise, despite the fact that depression is a diagnosis made after other illnesses are excluded. This is not done, hence the massive over-prescribing of antidepressants.

[ Link with data http://www.drugwatch.com/2015/07/29/drug-abuse-in-america/ ]

Patients typically tell their stories to non-doctors at least 2 to 4 times before they see an actual physician. (And in many poor communities patients will not visit or see their doctor.) Still the narrative and details charted rarely reflect the patient’s complaints, leading to misdiagnosis. Here repetition of the patient’s history does not breed knowledge or accuracy.

Why does this happen?

In a nutshell, over reliance on technology to make the diagnosis compounded by a bureaucratic and arcane workflow. Also treating symptoms while ignoring the root cause.

Medical staff are often under-trained and over-worked. The importance of accurate charting (of the patient’s narrative) lost in time, ignorance and even arrogance.

The end result is this: many patients are over medicated and misdiagnosed.

The recent epidemic of opioid overdoses is an example where doctors treat symptoms without making diagnoses. Opioids were over prescribed, especially in Emergency Departments where toothaches were routinely treated with Penicillin and 15-30 pills of Percoset. Doctors became legalized drug dealers! One study showed in 2012, doctors prescribed enough narcotics for every person in the United States to have a 30 day supply.

Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction: pain is treated suspiciously. Everyone is an addict until proven otherwise.

What is the solution?

One solution is Community Medicine. Studies demonstrate that medical outcomes, or health outcomes, are determined in the community.

Over 50% of outcomes are determined in the community. That means lifestyle or culture is very important as well as the environment (which actually has a great impact on lifestyle) to managing diseases. Genetics accounted for 30% of health outcomes and a doctor’s office visit 15%.

Using technology to facilitate accurate diagnosis is good, but technology should not be the gold standard alone for diagnosing. The history and physical still remain pertinent and relevant. The absence of radiographic or laboratory findings does not exclude pathology.

Most importantly, doctors need to know the patient’s community, and be engaged with that circle, to understand and improve the health outcomes of their patients.

What do you think?

Do you have any other solutions?

Working Relationships

Working Relationships

We used MANPOWER or the badge and uniform…we called a code, and all hands (many little hands of nurses and a doctor) were on deck as we gently put  patients in restraints.    Intravenous access (IV),  labs and administration of medication For an acutely agitated, belligerent confused patients  as well as Trauma work-up for patients without  prior history of confusion including EKG (Cardiac and Infectious problems often present with confusion), head and neck imaging and urinary catheter.  For all others,  vigilance was key in monitoring  patients in the EDs I worked. Always, attempting to Calm patients even if I sometimes fed into their fantasies of the stars just to talk them down calmly if need be.

 

Never provoke agitated patients…because it is well-known it only agitates patients more causing higher blood pressures and  tachycardia. But isn’t that common sense basic training?

 

Manpower did not seem to be an issue in any of the videos of police violence. Mike Brown had his hands in the air…. The uniform calms all but the acutely psychotic patient.

 

At nights when staff was minimal, if a patient became violent –spitting and wielding wildly at staff or I sometimes with sharp objects– we backed-off, usually I talked to the patient until the police arrived. One officer and he never drew his gun in my over 20 years experience working in EDs.

 

Do not accept the  aggressive and threatening behaviors and attitudes of cops as first responders. As first responders there are protocols that should be adhered in cases of patients with altered mental status. Why did cops fire  their weapons when there was no emergent or imminent threat ? And why does the medical system condone use of unnecessary force with lethal outcomes when non-lethal means are routinely used in EDs?  

 

 Concern for ED staff and patients when the wrong cop is called to help with a belligerent patient, will he or she immediately fire a weapon multiple times in a busy ED?   What if the ED staff is discriminatory  (like the crew I met at Tufts) will the officer fire his weapon indiscriminately at any  black person?    We do not know !  Let us not wait for this eventuality.

Observations:

1.  Virtually all  victims’ videos were unarmed, alleged to have a knife, (usually a pocketknife or scissors) and  alleged to resist arrest  and shot  at least 6 times by veteran cops with unknown names and no accountability or arrests.

2.  Murder taken so lightly by society,  emboldens more murders as we see today where it is daily.    A blatant derision of the constitution and  reflection of privileged status above the law.

3.  Less paper-work with a dead victim as well as  fringe benefit of  paid time-off if disputed.

 

4.  The default discriminatory :  Weapons in cases of black and brown folks and treatment in cases of white men and often white women.  An unarmed black person is killed every 28 hours  by  police in one report read recently about the New Jim Crow.

 

I would venture to guess 90% of “normal” white males have never experienced discrimination. Discrimination throughout all dimensions, vertical and horizontals, what do you think?

The above images have a common theme of manpower?  Why do deaths invariably occur  before manpower arrives ?  Is this a delay in the EMS system?   Or is backup not called under after a police killing?

VIDEO: Family Releases Video of Man Being Killed by Fort Bend Officer (graphic)

http://benswann.com/video-family-releases-video-of-man-being-killed-by-fort-bend-officer/#ixzz31YDI3UiK

 


Excellent  Related  Articles:

 

1.  Where I’m coming from and how I got PTSD in the first place. How it almost ruined my life.

http://normalisjustanaverage.wordpress.com/where-im-coming-from-and-how-i-got-ptsd-in-the-first-place-how-it-almost-ruined-my-life/

2.  How should police handle people with autism?

http://autism.voirici.net/?p=375

3.  Aspergers Teens and Driving a Car

http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/07/aspergers-teens-and-driving-car.html

 

4. Police Treatment of Mental Illness

http://wp.me/p2oZth-4ar

 

5.  Police Brutality: An Unstoppable Epidemic

http://wp.me/p2oZth-3O5

 

7.  United States Citizens Justice Database | Updated Sept 1

http://wp.me/p2oZth-3uR

 

8.  Reflections: Military Police Delivery of Healthcare |Videos

http://wp.me/p2oZth-4eW

Reflections: Military Police Delivery of Healthcare |Videos

Did Michelle Cusseaux have to die?

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2014/08/18/michelle-cusseaux-mental-illness/14266383/


Normal law-abiding humans do not behave in this manner; criminals and psychopaths do. Anglo values and law look at police behavior and use of excessive force as necessary to protect the officers. In the above video, was it necessary?

 

An unarmed, single victim against multiple trained, heavily armed officers,  swinging batons, kicking your face, stomach, and groin without mercy, seemingly relentlessly: How would an autistic or schizophrenic person respond?

 

 

In the video, cops appear to be villains, bullies, and the mob – just organized minions of criminal units.

 

 

This is an  epidemic. Police violence should be declared a public health and medical Emergency. Mental illness affects about one in every four Americans. The medical community cannot afford to ignore this situation. We must pay now or pay immensely later.

 

 

If we ignore, what will the future look like as more police officers are rewarded for violence and move up the ranks, as they have already?   Will a lack of diversity be the future?

 


 

Many homeless people have mental disorders that landed them on the streets. Mental disorders are controllable and treatable but not in prison. No studies have documented the treatment benefits of prison for mental disorders as well as developmental disorders and homelessness.  We know that untreated mental illness often gets worse with addiction.  Are medical societies and patient advocates comfortable with law enforcement-driven treatment protocols for  mental illness and addiction?

 

The most disturbing thing about the video above and other videos like it is the lack of first responders.  Ambulance delays,  lack of CPR and advanced life support increase fatalities.  Why were there no ambulances  and at least 5 cruisers?  Are cops trained in CPR?  I believe they are, and the majority carry defibrillators.  However, no attempts were made to resuscitate or administer first aid.

 

Videos of police violence with often fatal injuries to “suspects,” and  absence of ambulances , and  use  of defibrillators,  ensure that patients  will not be brought back to life.  A dead patient cannot contradict blood the  stained lies of law enforcement.

 

 

Why were so many cruisers on the scene, but no ambulance?  Was there a delay?  If so, why?  Perhaps delays in medical treatment result in the death of victims of police  violence.  Or did  medicine outsource health care to law enforcement?

“A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son” Phonesavanh Family interview (June 27, 2014)

 


 

RELEASE US – a short film on police brutality by Charles Shaw (feat. Random Rab)

 

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Mom Sues Over Son’s Psychiatric Prison Treatment

 

 


Cops Want To Force Boy To Take Picture Of Erect Penis

 

 


Staten Island Man KILLED after NYPD Cop Puts Him In CHOKEHOLD For Breaking Up a FIGHT!!

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Anaheim Police: Shoot first and ask later?

 

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http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/09/mentally_disabled_half_brothers_cleared_of_1983_nc_rape_and_murder_by_dna.html

2.  Aspergers Teens and Driving a Car

http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/07/aspergers-teens-and-driving-car.html

3.  How should police handle people with autism?

http://autism.voirici.net/?p=375

 

4.  2nd NYPD Death Ruled Homicide

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/08/_2nd_nypd_death_ruled_homicide.html

5.  US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-police-murdered-5000-innocent-civilians-since-911/172029/

 

6.  Vermont Kicks the War on Drugs

http://magazine.good.is/articles/vermont-versus-heroin

 

http://phoenixcopwatch.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/how-do-the-police-handle-the-seriously-mentally-ill-its-not-with-care/

 

 

Mistreatment, Abuse and Murder of the Mentally Ill & Others at Rikers Island “Correctional” Facility

This is awful and it is genocide. The number of Black people are decreasing in this country….and no one is noticing. We are being slowly murdered by our own but mostly by white people. The laws are crafted to traps blacks esp those who are mentally ill and learning disabled.

Fantastic article that I will reblog. Thank you. -Angela

United States Hypocrisy

Last month, previously unknown details were brought to light regarding the suspicious circumstances surrounding the untimely death of 39 year-old Bradley Ballard, who died an inmate at New York’s notorious Rikers Island “Correctional” Facility. Though Ballard, whom doctors determined was mentally ill, died back in September, 2013, Rikers Island wasn’t exactly forthcoming about the circumstances leading to his death. Unfortunately, what happened to Ballard could almost be described as a regular occurrence at the Rikers Facility, where an astounding 40% of all inmates struggle with mental illness and are frequently exposed to abuse and neglect at the hands of staff members. A mere five months after conditions at Rikers resulted in Ballard’s tragic death, a distraught and homeless United States Army veteran named Jerome Murdough suffocated to death in a cell that was heated at more than 101°.

(left) 16-year old Bradley Ballard in 1990 (right) Ballard after a more recent arrest (left) 16-year old Bradley Ballard in 1990 (right) Ballard after his 2013…

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Scorned by Girls Wealthy Young White Male Murders Six: Gun or Mental Illness

Elliot Rodger
Elliot Rodger

 

 

 

Shooting Suspect Identified; 3 Victims Were Stabbed at His Apartment

 

Link for video:  http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a44_1400927090

The above story is a tragedy and was preventable had we a medical delivery system geared to prevent such tragedies by being proactive. Our medical system has no solutions to prevent mass shootings despite glaring red flags and in this case a public call for help.
Furthermore, what is maddening is the morbid replay of discussions around gun control that follow these too frequent mass shootings by young white males.

It is sad that guns are being blamed by proxy. Again the larger picture of mental illness and the failure to recognize or treat these disorders are ignored. It is mental illness and our delivery system that is at issue not guns.

Furthermore, as Americans we should ask, are we getting mental health from the most expensive healthcare delivery system in the world? NO. Sadly, Elliot Rodgers fate was sealed by our system of failure to deliver mental health.  #ElliotRodger

The irony: In-patient hospitalization was indicated based on the video. Yesterday, Justina Pelletier did not celebrate her 16th birthday with her family but rather behind bars–psychiatric bars that each day increase her at risk of such a tragic outcome.

Solution? Gun Control vs Mental Health. Prevent mental illness by promoting health.

An infrastructure of health with compassion, empathy and competence will reduce mass shootings, domestic violence, and child abuse as well as improve health and decrease costs of healthcare. The US medical delivery system is failing Americans when we are in need of mental health. In many instances, our system creates mental illness, for example, Justina Pelletier case.

Mass shootings result from Failure to Listen: Our mental health system is BROKEN. ALL EYES should focus on the providers of that system until it is FIXED!

Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, “My Twisted World” manifesto