South Carolina

Family files lawsuits against Florence County Sheriff's Office

McLeod Law Group filed four lawsuits Wednesday morning on behalf of a family who allege that deputies with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office “forcefully entered their home without a search warrant.”

The incident occurred about 11 p.m. on April 5 when sheriff’s deputies arrived at a Florence residence to serve an arrest warrant for Tyler Matusiewicz. Tyler’s father, mother and brother were home at the time of Tyler’s arrest, according to the complaint by the McLeod Law Group.

The complaint says that deputies forced entry into the Matusiewicz home following Tyler’s arrest. The deputies then “restricted the ability of (the family) to move about freely within their home,” according to the complaint. Tyler’s brother Timothy was also arrested during the incident.

“The family believes this level of harassment by the sheriff’s office has no place in our society and it is important to hold all those accountable in order to prevent this kind of abuse of authority from taking place in the future,” said W. Mullins McLeod Jr., the lead attorney representing the family.

Maj. Mike Nunn of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said he and his office had not received the summons and complaint.

“We have not seen the lawsuit. We have not been served with the lawsuit and we can’t comment on allegations that we have not seen,” Nunn said.

The four filed complaints allege six counts regarding the April 5 incident including violation of Fourth Amendment rights, false imprisonment and invasion of privacy. Once the Florence County Sheriff’s Office has been served with the summons and complaint, it will have 21 days to respond.