United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
VINCEL K. CHAMBERS, Plaintiff,
RANDY YOUNG, MAYNOR HILL, DON MCNAUGHTON, DAVID JOSEPH, and T. MIKE DIXON, Defendants.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Phil Gilbert U.S. District Judge.
Vincel K. Chambers, an inmate in Hill Correctional Center,
brings this action for deprivations of his constitutional
rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for events that
occurred while he was incarcerated at Madison County Jail.
Plaintiff requests a declarative judgment, compensatory
damages, punitive damages, and fees and costs. This case is
now before the Court for a preliminary review of the
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
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.
careful review of the Complaint and any supporting exhibits,
the Court finds it appropriate to exercise its authority
under § 1915A; portions of this action are subject to
was incarcerated at Madison County Jail between August 22 and
September 6, 2016. (Doc. 1, p. 5). While there, McNaughton
refused to give him his medication and deprived him of a
meal. Id. McNaughton also encouraged other inmates
to assault Plaintiff. Id. McNaughton and Young
taunted and harassed Plaintiff, causing him to consider
suicide. Id. McNaughton, Hill, Young, Dixon, and
Joseph refused to allow Plaintiff to file grievances or speak
with a mental health professional. (Doc. 1, p. 6). Young and
McNaughton disclosed information about Plaintiff's
personal life that put him in direct danger from others.
on the allegations of the Complaint, the Court finds it
convenient to divide the pro se action into 7 counts. The
parties and the Court will use these designations in all
future pleadings and orders, unless otherwise directed by a
judicial officer of this Court. The following claim survives
Count 1 - McNaughton, Hill, Young, Dixon,
and Joseph were deliberately indifferent to Plaintiff's
serious medical need when they refused to allow Plaintiff to
speak to a mental health professional.
has also attempted to articulate other claims, but for the
reasons stated below, those ...