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McElrath v. City of Cleveland

United States District Court, N.D. Ohio, Eastern Division

October 24, 2017

AYANNA McELRATH, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
CITY OF CLEVELAND, et al., Defendants.

          OPINION AND ORDER

          Dan Aaron Polster United States District Judge

         Before the Court are three motions the Pro Se Plaintiffs filed on October 20, 2017:

         1) Motion for Extension of Time (Doc #: 45), 2) Motion for Abeyance (Doc #: 46), and

         3) Motion for Estoppel (Doc #: 47).

         For the following reasons, the Motions are DENIED.

         I.

         A.

         As a preliminary matter, the Court is concerned about the number of frivolous, premature and unintelligible motions Plaintiffs have been filing in this case. In the Motion for Extension of Time, Plaintiffs ask the Court to extend all deadlines in the Case Management Plan one month due to the “recent death [of] grandmother[‘s] acquaintance.” (Doc #: 45 at 2.)

         Plaintiffs have previously requested two extensions of time stating that Ayanna McElrath is “epileptic and can lose my memory at times.” (Doc ##: 15, 17.) Plaintiffs also asked the Court to extend the Case Management Conference one month due to Ayanna McElrath's “increased seizure activity from the stress of ongoing court procedures.” (Doc #: 36.) When a member of the Court's staff contacted Ayanna regarding the latter request, however, Ayanna explained that there was going to be oral argument in a state court case in which she was involved on the same day as the CMC, and she was unable to attend both. The Court is also concerned that Plaintiffs are not taking this case seriously, as they have filed a motion referring to themselves variously as “Painters” and “Plankton's.” (See Id. at 2.) This is unacceptable.

         While the Court is willing to extend deadlines for legitimate reasons, the Court finds that the death of a grandmother's acquaintance is an insufficient basis for the Court to extend all deadlines established, agreed to, and executed by the parties during the CMC held on September 20, 2017. (Doc #: 43.)

         Accordingly, the Court DENIES the Motion for Extension (Doc #: 45).

         B.

         In the Motion for Abeyance, Plaintiffs ask the Court to stay this case until the Office of Professional Standard's (“OPS”) investigation is completed. (Doc #: 46.) Plaintiffs have divided this motion into two sections: “Redaction” and “Conflict of Interest.” As best the Court can guess, Plaintiffs are contending that Defendants are using the OPS' continuing investigation of Plaintiffs' citizen‘s complaint to impede their discovery and public records' requests. More specifically, because not all of the officers at the scene of Plaintiffs' December 2015 arrests have filed a formal report, Defendants must be hiding something. And there is no reason for Defendants to redact footage from the body camera the officers wore before giving that footage to Plaintiffs.

         There is no reason why Plaintiffs can't depose the officers who were present at the scene of their arrests regardless of whether or not they filed a formal report. At the same time, there is no reason for Defendants to withhold or redact footage from body cameras worn by officers that captured Plaintiffs' arrests prior to submitting them to Plaintiffs in the course of discovery. If Defendants are withholding or redacting footage, there may be a discovery dispute. The proper procedure for handling discovery disputes is located in Local Rule 37.1 of the Local Rules for the United State District Court, Northern ...


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