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Smith v. Shreveport Police Department

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Shreveport Division

January 26, 2015

CARLOS MARTEL LYNN SMITH,
v.
SHREVEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT, ET AL

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

MARK L. HORNSBY, Magistrate Judge.

In accordance with the standing order of this court, this matter was referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge for review, report and recommendation.

STATEMENT OF CLAIM

Before the court is a civil rights complaint filed in forma pauperis by pro se plaintiff Carlos Martel Lynn Smith ("Plaintiff"), pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983. This complaint was received and filed in this court on December 22, 2011. Plaintiff is incarcerated at the River Correctional Center in Ferriday, Louisiana. He names the Shreveport Police Department, Chief Willie L. Shaw, Jr., Assistant Chief Cheryl Cox, James Lee, Officer Beck, Officer Porter, Detective Rod Demery, and Four Unknown Dispatch Officers as defendants.

Plaintiff claims that on July 30, 2011, he filed a complaint with Officer Porter and Officer Beck because his right to peace and dignity were violated by Lavoriss Powell. He claims Officer Porter told him that Powell would be arrested and charged with aggravated assault and illegal use of a weapon. He claims that on July 31, 2011, he made a 911 call because he was still being harassed and threatened. He claims Powell texted death threats to him. He also believes Powell came to his residence, rang the doorbell, hid behind the bushes, and fired a gun. He claims the responding officers disregarded the text messages after they learned a report had already been filed and advised him to stay in his house. He claims they also told him they would make periodic checks in the area. He claims the officers advised him to call the non-emergency police number if Powell returned. He claims he was not satisfied with the response so he called the Shreveport Police Department non-emergency number. He claims a dispatch officer advised him to move to another town.

Plaintiff claims that on August 3, 2011, he again called the non-emergency number concerning the investigation of his complaint. He claims he was advised to call the night shift since the alleged crime occurred during that shift. He claims that on August 4, 2011, he called the non-emergency number concerning the investigation of his complaint. He claims he was directed to call the day shift.

Plaintiff claims that on August 5, 2011, he called the non-emergency number concerning the investigation of his complaint. He claims he was advised that a sergeant would read his report and call him. He claims he was never called. Plaintiff claims he continued to receive disturbing text messages.

Plaintiff claims that on August 11, 2011, he was again confronted by the known dangerous criminal who was the subject of his complaint. He claims Powell stormed into his place of business and assaulted him "with a hostile demonstration and expected terrorism." He claims he called 911 to inform the police that the subject of his complaint had just been shot.

Plaintiff claims he was questioned by detectives. He claims it was disclosed for the first time that he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. He claims he was detained and charged with attempted second degree murder.

Plaintiff claims that on August 19, 2011, his name was mistakenly placed on a protective order. He claims the protective order was distributed to the Louisiana First Judicial District Court by the Shreveport Police Department. He claims this false protective ordered is evidence of the carelessness of the Shreveport Police Department.

Plaintiff claims that during his preliminary examination on September 1, 2011, Detective R. Demery testified that his July 30, 2011 complaint had been misplaced in the misdemeanor division. He further testified that he would investigate the complaint, but failed to do so. Plaintiff claims his deliberate negligence created a spoilation of material evidence.

Plaintiff claims that on November 17, 2011, he mailed a letter to Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw regarding the July 30, 2011 complaint. He claims Chief Shaw responded that his letter had been forwarded to the Detective Bureau and Captain James Lee for review.

Plaintiff claims that the charge against him of attempted murder was dismissed. He claims he pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment.

Accordingly, he seeks monetary damages, declaratory relief, and any additional relief that is ...


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