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Shower Death in Florida Prison Ruled as ‘Accidental’

In 2012, a 50-year-old Darren Rainey was killed in a scalding hot shower, as stated by witnesses and lawyers. The US state attorney has closed the case, stating that the death was an ‘accident’.

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Shower Death in Florida Prison Ruled as 'Accidental'

In 2012, a 50-year-old Darren Rainey was killed in a scalding hot shower, as stated by witnesses and lawyers. The US state attorney has closed the case, stating that the death was an ‘accident’.

However, civil rights organizations have rejected the ruling as overlooking the brutality of prison guards. In June 2012, four guards trapped Rainey, a schizophrenic, in a shower at Florida’s Dade Correctional Institute for two hours, as stated by Al Jazeera News.

He was found dead lying face up in the shower, his skin red and slipping off.

Prisoners stated they heard Rainey scream for help saying that the water was “too hot”. Furthermore, they saw steam coming out of the shower, and that CPR was not performed. Rainey was given the hot shower as ‘punishment’.

While a prison nurse said that Rainey’s body felt hot, she said a sergeant did perform CPR.

According to Al Jazeera News, on Friday, the office of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released a 101-page report saying Rainey’s cause of death was “an accident”.

The report stated: “Facts and evidence, in this case do not meet the required elements for the filing of any criminal charge … none of the correctional officers at Dade CI are criminally responsible for the death.”

In a statement sent to Al Jazeera on Monday, Howard Simon, American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Florida executive director, said: “Just because the state attorney found that the standards to secure a criminal conviction was not met does not mean that corrections officers did not do something horribly wrong.

“Changes need to be made in our corrections department to ensure that guards are held responsible when their actions, negligent or willful, result in the death of an inmate.”

Florida’s prison is America’s third largest prison system behind California and Texas, holding over 100,000 prisoners.

However, when Rundle’s report was presented, citizens became furious.

Protestors on social media said they would stand outside of Rundle’s office on Tuesday to demand her resignation.

“We’re fully aware of [the planned protest],” a spokeswoman from Rundle’s office told Al Jazeera, refusing to comment further about Rainey’s death.

Darren Rainey, left, is escorted to the shower where he later died [Miami-Dade state attorney office/YouTube]
According to Human Rights Watch, there are around 2.37 million people in American prisons, the largest reported incarcerated population in the world.

“Jail and prison staff throughout the US use unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force against prisoners with mental disabilities,” the group said in its 2016 annual report.

The associate director of the Florida-based Human Rights Defense Center stated that it was not a surprise that Rainey’s case was closed by the state attorney but that his death was “utterly preventable”.

“Florida specifically has a long and sordid history of prisoners being killed by guards,” he said. “There are systemic failures at every step, from preventing abuse, investigating, and holding them accountable.”

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New Jersey Man Latest American Tourist to Die at Dominican Republic Resort

Joseph Allen is at least the ninth American to have died while staying at resorts in the the small Caribbean country.

An Avenel, New Jersey, man died last week while staying at a resort in the Dominican Republic, becoming at least the ninth other American tourist to die under mysterious circumstances while visiting the small Caribbean country…

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Joseph Allen is at least the ninth American to have died while staying at resorts in the the small Caribbean country.

An Avenel, New Jersey, man died last week while staying at a resort in the Dominican Republic, becoming at least the ninth other American tourist to die under mysterious circumstances while visiting the small Caribbean country.

Joseph Allen, 55, was found dead in his room Thursday at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosua, where he was celebrating a friend’s birthday, his family confirmed to NBC News. Allen’s sister-in-law said that the family was scrambling for answers.

New Jersey Man Latest American Tourist to Die at Dominican Republic Resort

Joseph Allen of Avenel, New Jersey, died last week while staying at a resort in the Dominica Republic, his family confirmed to NBC News Wednesday.

A number of other families reported stories of their relatives mysteriously dying while staying at resorts in the Dominican Republic.

Leyla Cox, 53, an MRI technician from Staten Island, was staying at the Excellence resort in Punta Cana when she died on June 11, just a day after her birthday, according to her son. Will Cox said he still does not know his mother’s cause of death and has not had the chance to mourn properly as her remains still haven’t been returned home.

He also told NBC News that a representative for the U.S. Embassy said a toxicology test would not be conducted on his mother’s body due to broken machines.

Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died while staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana on April 12. Wallace’s family asked for privacy and has not confirmed the circumstances of his death to NBC News.

In May, Miranda Schaup-Werner and a couple, Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, died over a five-day period at the Bahia Principe resort in La Romana.

Holmes and Day were found dead in their room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. Pulmonary edema — excess fluid in the lungs — was listed among the causes of death for the couple in preliminary reports.

The FBI, which is investigating the three May deaths, said further toxicology results on the Americans could take up to 30 days.

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ICE to Remove ‘Millions of illegal Aliens’ in US, Trump says, Scant on Details

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ICE to Remove ‘Millions of illegal Aliens’ in US, Trump says, Scant on Details

President Donald Trump late Monday announced on Twitter that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE will begin the process of “removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the U.S.,” but did not elaborate on what new measures will be taken.

“They will be removed as fast as they come,” Trump said.

Mike Morgan, the director of the agency, did not announce any new initiatives during his stop in Louisville on Sunday, where he spoke about the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border.

ICE did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News for comment.

Earlier this month, Trump announced that the U.S. reached a deal with Mexico that includes plans to return migrants seeking asylum to Mexico, where they will remain until they can be processed.

Trump praised Mexico in the tweet, saying the country has been doing a very good job at stopping those trying to gain access to the U.S. border.

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US to Send 1,000 Additional Troops to the Middle East as Tensions Escalate with Iran

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration will send a thousand troops to the Middle East amid increased tensions with Iran…

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US to Send 1,000 Additional Troops to the Middle East as Tensions Escalate with Iran

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration will send a thousand troops to the Middle East amid increased tensions with Iran.

Shanahan said that the increased forces were in response to a request from U.S. Central Command for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. U.S authorities accused Iran of attacks on two tankers last week, though the country’s foreign minister has denied the accusations.

“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said. “The U.S. does not seek conflict with Iran.”

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, center, speaks about the situation in the Persian Gulf region during a meeting with Portuguese Minister of National Defense Joao Cravinho, at the Pentagon on June 14, 2019.

The decision comes hours after the State Department said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planned to meet with U.S. military commanders overseeing American forces to provide more proof that Iran was behind the tanker attacks.

U.S. Central Command said the two vessels were hit Thursday by a limpet mine, which is attached to boats below the waterline using magnets.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif angrily dismissed the claims and said they were without “a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence.”

The Japanese owner of one of the tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman contradicted reports by U.S. officials and the military on the source of the blast, claiming it was struck by a flying projectile.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview with pan-Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat last week that he would not hesitate to confront regional threats.

“The kingdom does not want war in the region, but we will not hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty and our vital interests,” Salman said.

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