Washington v. Armstrong et al
ORDER: Adopting 7 Report and Recommendation and 10 Report and Recommendation. Steve Morrison, Blake Dorning and Madison County Metro Jail terminated. Signed by Judge Robert B Propst on 04/29/13. (CVA)
2013 Apr-29 AM 09:07
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
RONALD JERMAINE WASHINGTON,
OFFICER A. ARMSTRONG, et al.,
Case No. 5:12-cv-04048-RBP-RRA
The magistrate judge filed a supplemental report and recommendation on April 2,
2013, recommending that all claims in this action, except the excessive force claim against
Officer A. Armstrong, be dismissed without prejudice for failing to state a claim upon which
relief can be granted. It was also recommended that the excessive force claim against Officer
Armstrong be referred to the magistrate judge for further proceedings.
The plaintiff submitted objections to the supplemental report and recommendation on
April 9, 2013.1 (Doc. #11). He contends that his claim against Officer Armstrong for verbal
harassment should also proceed because Armstrong’s words made him feel “humiliated and
belittled.” Id. However, allegations of verbal abuse or harassment by prison officials against
The plaintiff’s objections are unsigned, in violation of F. R. Civ. P. 11. However, because the
objections are groundless, requiring the plaintiff to submit a signed copy would be futile.
a prisoner do not alone state a constitutional violation sufficient to form the basis of a
separate and distinct claim under § 1983. Hernandez v. Florida Department of Corrections,
281 Fed.Appx. 862, 866 (11th Cir, June 9, 2008); Collins v. Cundy, 603 F.2d 825 (10th Cir.
1979); McDowell v. Jones, 990 F.2d 433, 434 (8th Cir. 1993); Stacey v. Ford, 554 F. Supp.
8 (N.D. Ga. 1982).
Having carefully reviewed and considered de novo the initial and supplemental report
and recommendation and the objections thereto, the Court is of the opinion that the
magistrate judge's report is due to be and hereby is ADOPTED and his recommendation is
ACCEPTED. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that all claims in this action, except the
excessive force claim against Officer A. Armstrong, are DISMISSED WITHOUT
PREJUDICE, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1). It is further ORDERED that the
excessive force claim against defendant Armstrong is REFERRED to the magistrate judge
for further proceedings.
DATED this 29th day of April, 2013.
ROBERT B. PROPST
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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