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Shuler v. Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department

United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Orangeburg Division

April 4, 2019

Melodie Shuler, Plaintiff,
v.
Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department; Sheriff Leroy Ravenell; Captain Antonia Turkvant; Chief Kenneth Kinsey; Captain Lacrea Jenkins; Lieutenant Coyler; Sergeant Allen Hunter; Franklin Ashley Williams; Michael Lawrence; John Stuke; Derek Howell; Andre Brisbon; Chris Powell, Defendants.

          ORDER

          PAIGE J. GOSSETT, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         The plaintiff, Melodie Shuler, a self-represented litigant, purports to bring this civil rights and personal injury action on behalf of herself and her two minor children, M.K.D. and M.T.S.D.[1]Under Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2) (D.S.C.), pretrial proceedings in this action have been referred to the assigned United States Magistrate Judge.

         While screening this matter pursuant to established local procedure in this judicial district, the court concluded Plaintiff's allegations concern six separate and distinct incidents concerning different groups of defendants. The court finds the following distinctions between the incidents and groups of defendants:

(1) Plaintiff's 2016 arrest by the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department, and related claims against this law enforcement office.
Generally, Plaintiff claims she and her children were victims of domestic violence by her husband, but these defendants failed to protect her, unlawfully entered her home and arrested her, used excessive force against her and her children, ordered her landlord to evict them, reported her to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, and defamed her. This occurred in early 2016.
These claims pertain to the following defendants: the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department; Sheriff Leroy Ravenell; Captain Antonia Turkvant; Chief Kenneth Kinsey; Captain Lacrea Jenkins; Lieutenant Coyler; Sergeant Allen Hunter; Franklin Ashley Williams; Michael Lawrence; John Stuke; Derek Howell; Andre Brisbon; and Chris Powell.
(2) Plaintiff's 2016 arrest by the North Charleston Police, and related claims against this law enforcement office.
Generally, Plaintiff alleges these defendants failed to protect her from her abusive husband, illegally entered her home and arrested her, harassed her, and evicted her from her residence. These events occurred between 2016 and 2017.
These claims pertain to the following defendants: the North Charleston Police Department; Chief Eddie Driggers; Sergeant Ronald Webb; Officer Clarence Habersham; Justin Infinger; and Officer Justice Jenkins.
(3) Plaintiff's claims against her former landlord, Carelene Jenkins, and Jenkins's son, Calvin Hall, for an eviction and physical altercation.
Plaintiff claims these defendants broke their lease agreement and land deal, accused Plaintiff of criminal acts, and committed acts of violence against Plaintiff and her children.
These claims pertain to Defendants Carelene Jenkins and Calvin Hall.
(4) Plaintiff's claims related to her state criminal proceedings.
Generally, Plaintiff alleges that the judges in her state criminal proceedings committed numerous legal errors, the clerks of court denied her access to court records, and the ...

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