Hampton v. Meyer
ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Reona J. Daly. Plaintiff's counsel shall be responsible for effecting service of process in this case. Signed by Judge David R. Herndon on 11/29/2017. (tjk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
CIVIL NO. 17-cv-936-DRH
IDOC DIRECTOR JOHN BALDWIN,
WARDEN JACQUELINE LASHBROOK,
SERGEANT T. JONES,
OFFICER JOHN MCCALEB,
INTERNAL AFFAIRS OFFICER BRIDGES,
OFFICER KENT BROOKMAN,
INTERNAL AFFAIRS OFFICER HUEY, and
JOHN DOES 1-4,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
HERNDON, District Judge:
Plaintiff Deon “Strawberry” Hampton, a transgender inmate in Menard
Correctional Center (“Menard”), brings this action for deprivations of her
constitutional rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On November 28, 2017,
Plaintiff, represented by counsel and paying the full filing fee, filed her Amended
Complaint. (Doc. 12). This case is now before the Court for a preliminary review
of the Amended Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, which provides:
(a) Screening – The court shall review, before docketing, if feasible
or, in any event, as soon as practicable after docketing, a complaint in a
civil action in which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or
officer or employee of a governmental entity.
(b) Grounds for Dismissal – On review, the court shall identify
cognizable claims or dismiss the complaint, or any portion of the
complaint, if the complaint–
(1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim
on which relief may be granted; or
(2) seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is
immune from such relief.
An action or claim is frivolous if “it lacks an arguable basis either in law or
in fact.” Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989). Frivolousness is an
objective standard that refers to a claim that any reasonable person would find
meritless. Lee v. Clinton, 209 F.3d 1025, 1026-27 (7th Cir. 2000). An action fails
to state a claim upon which relief can be granted if it does not plead “enough facts
to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” Bell Atlantic Corp. v.
Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007). The claim of entitlement to relief must cross
“the line between possibility and plausibility.” Id. at 557. At this juncture, the
factual allegations of the pro se complaint are to be liberally construed. See
Rodriguez v. Plymouth Ambulance Serv., 577 F.3d 816, 821 (7th Cir. 2009).
Plaintiff is a 26-year-old transgender woman who began living as a girl
when she was five years old and has continued to live as a woman throughout her
incarceration. Plaintiff was transferred from Pinckneyville Correctional Center
(“Pinckneyville”) to Menard on August 23, 2017.
According to the Amended
Complaint, when Plaintiff was housed at Pinckneyville she was sexually assaulted
by several correctional officers on multiple occasions. When Plaintiff reported the
abuse, the officers allegedly retaliated by beating her and threatening to “bury her
in segregation.” Plaintiff claims the officers followed through on this threat by
filing false disciplinary charges against her (resulting in segregation). The false
disciplinary charges also allegedly resulted in Plaintiff being transferred to
According to the Amended Complaint, officers at Menard have targeted
Plaintiff both in retaliation for her complaints, and because of her gender, by
subjecting her to constant sexual harassment. She also alleges that officers have
beaten her (on at least four occasions) and made clear that they will not protect
her from attacks by other prisoners. Additionally, Plaintiff claims that, on at least
one occasion, officers stood by and allowed another prisoner to beat Plaintiff in a
Plaintiff brings claims for violation of the Equal Protection Clause (Counts 1
-2); excessive force (Count 3); failure to intervene (Count 4); failure to protect
(Count 5); retaliation (Count 6); conspiracy (Count 7); unlawful policy and
practice (Monell claim) (Count 8); violation of Title IX (Count 9); and violation of
the RLUIPA (Count 10). The Court finds that Plaintiff’s claims survive preliminary
review under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
Accordingly, pursuant to Local Rule 72.1(c), this action is REFERRED to a
United States Magistrate Judge for further pre-trial proceedings. Further, this
entire matter shall be REFERRED to a United States Magistrate Judge for
disposition, pursuant to Local Rule 72.2(b)(2) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), if all
parties consent to such a referral.
Plaintiff's counsel shall be responsible for effecting service of process
in this case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
United States District Judge
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