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Plaintiff, Stephen Brent McNeely, has filed a claim under 28 U.S.C. section 1983 against Defendant, Sergeant Salmon, a former employee at South Florida Reception Center, alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment. Specifically, Mr. McNeely alleges Defendant used excessive force by grabbing and twisting Plaintiffs neck until he was on the ground, causing a neck injury and ongoing pain. Plaintiff further alleges Defendant was deliberately indifferent in response to Plaintiffs declared mental health emergency by telling Plaintiff he didn't care if he cut his own throat, resulting in Plaintiff cutting his own throat and needing approximately 40 stitches.

Defendant has answered the complaint, and discovery will begin soon. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff, a pre-trial detainee at Palm Beach County West Detention Center, filed a Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaining of civil rights violations. Plaintiff complains of First and Eighth Amendment violations committed by corrections deputies at Palm Beach County West Detention Center. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff has filed a pro se complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging, among other things, that Defendants used excessive force in arresting him. The case is in its early stages and Defendants have not been served. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff is a pro se prisoner bringing an action under Section 1983 against an officer with the Department of Corrections (“Defendant Officer”) for claims of excessive force and deliberate indifference to serious medical needs. In support, Plaintiff alleges that, while conducting an inventory check of Plaintiff’s property, Defendant Officer threatened and then applied enough force to break Plaintiff’s arm. Immediately thereafter, Defendant Officer handcuffed Plaintiff with his arms behind his back.  After 40 minutes elapsed, another prison official saw Plaintiff, removed Plaintiff’s hand restraints, and made efforts to procure medical attention. Defendant Officer, upon seeing that Plaintiff was no longer handcuffed, placed Plaintiff in handcuffs again, put him on a transport vehicle to another institution, and drove that vehicle in a manner allegedly designed to increase Plaintiff’s pain. Plaintiff received reconstructive surgery to repair his arm and has received physical therapy. A Settlement Conference is scheduled before the U.S. Magistrate Judge for October 5, 2021 at 10:00 am. Trial is scheduled for October 12, 2021. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff, an inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution, filed a Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaining of civil rights violations. Plaintiff complains of Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment violations committed by corrections officers at Martin Correctional Institution. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Defendant, John Abdelsayed, is a real estate broker and is also the President, founder, and sole shareholder of Defendant Trends Realty USA Corporation. Plaintiff filed a Complaint under 17 U.S.C. § 501 complaining of copyright infringement. Plaintiff complains of copyright infringement violations committed by Defendants John Abdelsayed and Trends Realty USA Corporation in connection with a copyrighted photograph owned by Plaintiff. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Respondent, Richard Jean, is the father of a minor child, R.J.P. Petitioner, the mother of the minor child, filed a Petition under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, asserting that the child was wrongfully removed from Chile and now seeks the child's return. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff, who is currently a pretrial detainee at Paul Rein Detention Facility in Fort Lauderdale, asserts claims for violations of his Fourth Amendment rights, the Administrative Procedures Act, false imprisonment, and rights under the Florida Constitution arising from his continued detention in state custody apparently due to an immigration detainer, despite his eligibility for bond on the state charges. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff, Carlos Tosco Gomez, is in custody at Metro West Detention Center and proceeding pro se. He alleges that he was severely beaten in the foyer of a Target store in Hollywood, Florida, in October 2019.  Gomez alleges he was beaten by store security employees and was hospitalized as a result.  He is suing for damages. The Court granted Gomez in forma pauperis status and, upon his request, referred the case to the Volunteer Lawyers Project. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

This civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 was screened and allowed to proceed on Plaintiff’s Fourteenth Amendment Due Process claims of deliberate indifference against four Defendants arising from their failure to protect him from being attacked by other inmates on August 20, 2021 while he was confined at the Pretrial Detention Center in Miami-Dade County. Defendants filed their Answer on April 8, 2022. Discovery is scheduled to close on January 10, 2023. A trial date has been set for May 8, 2023.

Volunteer representation would entail representing Plaintiff during all pretrial proceedings, including discovery, mediation, and at trial, if necessary.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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