Huffstatler et al v. Craighead County et al
ORDER dismissing without prejudice Huffstatler's abandoned claims against Craighead County, Officer Coleman, and Doe Defendants. Huffstatler's claims against the Jonesboro Chief of Police remain. 3 Motion for Discovery denied. The Court d irects the Clerk to prepare a summons for the Jonesboro Chief of Police. The Court directs the U.S. Marshal to serve the summons, and a copy of 6 Amended Complaint, without prepayment of fees and costs or security, on the Jonesboro Chief of Police. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 5/14/2014. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MATTHEW D. HUFFSTATLER,
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY; COLEMAN,
Officer, Jonesboro Police Department;
and DOES, 1-4, Ambulance Services,
Chief of Jonesboro Police Department,
and unknown officers of the Jonesboro
The Court must screen Huffstatler's amended complaint. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915A. Huffstatler's abandoned claims against Craighead County and
Officer Coleman are dismissed without prejudice. Huffstatler' s claims against
Doe Defendants are dismissed without prejudice; he may seek leave to amend
his complaint if he is able to identify these defendants during discovery.
Huffstatler' s claims against the Jonesboro Chief of Police remain. He says that
the Chief of Police acted with deliberate indifference to his serious mental
health needs by failing to train officers how to treat persons suffering from
mental illness. NQ 6 at 3.
Huffstatler's motion for discovery, NQ 3, is denied.
discovery motions are inappropriate in this civil case. The Court encourages
Huffstatler to familiarize himself with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
and the Local Rules for the Eastern District of Arkansas. A copy of these rules
can be found in the jail library. In particular, Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) explains
requirements for plaintiffs who are not represented by a lawyer. Discovery
requests, such as interrogatories and requests for documents, should not be
filed with the Court. Instead, discovery requests should be sent to counsel for
the defendant, or directly to the defendant if he or she is not represented by
a lawyer. No discovery should be sent to a defendant until that defendant has
been served with the complaint.
The Court directs the Clerk to prepare a summons for the Jonesboro
Chief of Police. The Court directs the U.S. Marshal to serve the summons, and
a copy of Huffstatler' s amended complaint, NQ 6, without prepayment of fees
and costs or security, on the Jonesboro Chief of Police.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
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