Madden v. Mills
ORDER directing Plaintiff to file an Amended Complaint within thirty days of this Order. If he fails to do so, this action will be dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 9/19/2013. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
NO. 3:13CV00196 JLH
LARRY MILLS, Sheriff,
Poinsett County Detention Center
Steve Madden has filed a pro se action against Larry Mills, Sheriff of Poinsett County. In his
statement of the claim he says, “Larry Mills did not give me proper medical assistance when I was
locked up.” That one sentence constitutes all of Madden’s allegations.
Because Madden is seeking leave to proceed pro se in an action seeking relief against a
governmental entity, or an officer or employee of a governmental entity, 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. The
Court must dismiss the complaint if it, or any portion of it, is frivolous, malicious, or fails to seek a
claim upon which relief may be granted; or if it seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune
from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). To state a claim for relief, a complaint must contain a short
and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief. Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(3).
While Rule 8(a)(2) does not require a complaint to contain detailed factual allegations, it does require
a plaintiff to state the grounds of his entitlement to relief, which requires more than labels and
conclusions. Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555, 127 S. Ct. 1955, 1964-65, 167 L. Ed.
2d 929 (2007). “While courts liberally construe pro se complaints, pro se litigants must still allege
sufficient facts to state a plausible claim for relief.” Ellis v. City of Minneapolis, 518 Fed. Appx. 502
(8th Cir. 2013).
Here, Madden has alleged no facts to support his claim. The Court therefore directs that he
file an amended complaint within thirty (30) days from the entry of this Order. The amended
complaint must state the name of each person individually involved in the actions at issue in the
complaint; how each individual was personally involved in those actions; and how each individual
violated Madden’s constitutional rights. Madden must state specific facts concerning the allegations
he is making, including, where applicable, dates, times, and places. If he wishes to name additional
defendants concerning his allegations, he must state specific facts concerning the allegations as to
In accordance with the above instructions, Madden must file an amended complaint within
thirty (30) days of this Order. If he fails to do so, this action will be dismissed without prejudice. See
Local Rule 5.2(c)(2), which states:
If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff is not responded to within
thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed without prejudice. Any party proceeding
pro se shall be expected to be familiar with and follow the Federal Rules of Civil
IT IS SO ORDERED this 19th day of September, 2013.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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