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Gabriel v. Blackman et al (21-CV-14030-KMM) Posted 03/02/2021

Plaintiff, Dawud Canaan Sturrup Gabriel, brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Defendant Drew M. Haley, Deputy in the Highlands County Sherriff’s Office, violated his Fourth (4th) and Fourteenth (14th) Amendment rights when Defendant detained Plaintiff in Plaintiff’s home and transported him to the Peace River Center in Bartow, Florida, for an involuntary examination under the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, commonly known as the “Baker Act.” Plaintiff alleges that that he was never a threat to himself or others, that he has always been able to provide and support his own basic needs, and that Defendant failed to conduct a proper investigation prior to detaining him. Plaintiff also asserts that on the day he was detained by Defendant, June 24, 2020, he had visited his primary medical physician, who allowed him to leave on his own and drive home from his scheduled visit. Plaintiff asserts three claims, one for each day he was detained at the Peace River Center, and requests $200,000.00 per claim in compensatory damages for emotional and mental distress, pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and damage to his reputation. Defendant has been served and his Answer is due March 9, 2021. If interested, please email