Covington v. White et al
ORDER denying 7 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim. The plaintiff is directed to file an amended complaint by 3/29/13, including the information outlined in this Order. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 3/4/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
GARY COVINGTON, on behalf of himself
and all others similarly situated
RONNIE WHITE, in his official capacity; ULESS
WALLACE and JOHN DOES 1-5, individually and
in their official capacities
The motion to dismiss is denied without prejudice. Everyone would
benefit, though, from greater specificity and clarity in Covington's pleading.
An amended complaint is the best course.
Plead the date of the arrest, what Covington was arrested for, and some
specific circumstances of the arrest and alleged beating;
Plead the names of the two arresting officers, or explain why he cannot;
Plead against specific defendants (or explain why he cannot) details
about the alleged denial of medical care sufficient to state a plausible
Clarify whether he is suing Wallace in his individual capacity, and if so,
plead facts about his individual actions that state a particular claim;
Clarify why the City can be responsible in law for the alleged will-call
policy when Covington (and others) were in the custody of Phillips
County very soon after arrest; and
Eliminate generic allegations against "all Defendants" and unclear
allegations against "Defendant" given the capacity issues and the
Motion, Document No. 7, denied without prejudice. Amended complaint due
by 29 March 2013.
United States District Judge
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