Glaze v. Byrd et al
ORDER ADOPTING 106 Partial Report and Recommendations and granting in part and denying in part 83 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by defts. Plaintiff's claims against defts Byrd, Brown and Randall are dismissed with prejudice. Mr. Glaze 39;s claims against defts Childs and Andrews in their official capacities are dismissed with prejudice. Mr. Glaze may proceed on his claims against defts Childs and Andrews in their individual capacities. Signed by Judge James M. Moody on 4/25/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CHARIELL ALI GLAZE
KARL BYRD, et al.
The Court has received a Partial Recommended Disposition (“Recommendation”)
from Magistrate Judge Beth Deere. Both the Plaintiff and the Defendants have filed
objections to the Recommendation.
In Plaintiff’s objection, he requests that the Court consider his argument that the
Detention Center policy used to determine whether an inmate should be re-assigned or
removed from a cell based on any security risk is unconstitutional. Apparently, it is his
position that the lack of a written policy or procedure for determining when to transfer an
inmate after an officer learns of a threat to that inmate’s safety caused him to suffer a
constitutional violation. The Court is not persuaded.
First, the Court agrees with the Defendants that Mr. Glaze seems to first assert this
claim in his response to the Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Further,
although determining whether an inmate should be moved from a particular cell based
upon a possible security risk appears to be a decision made primarily by the officer
involved, the Court fails to see how such a policy is unconstitutional or led to Mr. Glaze’s
injuries in this case.
Here, as explained in the Recommendation, inmate Bradley Boyce informed
Defendant Childs that other inmates had discussed harming Mr. Glaze when he returned
to his cell. Defendant Childs allegedly told Mr. Boyce that he would inform his
lieutenant (Defendant Andrews) about the situation to determine what could be done.
Either Defendant Childs failed to properly notify Defendant Andrews of the situation or
Defendant Andrews failed to properly respond to the warning. Given either scenario, Mr.
Glaze has failed to present any facts to support a finding that he sustained any injury as a
result of any unconstitutional policy. Although Mr. Glaze contends that either official’s
decision was “arguably within the purview of the Faulkner County Detention Center’s
own policy,” it is well-established that prison officials are afforded discretion in the
performance of their duties. (ECF No. 111 at p.5). Because Mr. Glaze has failed to
create any genuine issue of material fact on this issue, Defendants are entitled to
judgment as a matter of law.
In addition, Plaintiff and the Defendants object to footnote 2 in the
Recommendation regarding the hearsay testimony of Bradley Boyce. Plaintiff has alleged
that Andrews violated his constitutional rights by failing to protect him from attack.
Defendant Andrews’ knowledge of a threat is relevant to this claim. Defendant Andrews
testified that he did not know of problems between Plaintiff and Marcus Amos prior to
March 6, 2010, the day of the attack. (ECF No. 85-5 at p. 5). However, the Court notes
that Andrews does not say whether he was notified by Defendant Childs about the threat
to Plaintiff before the attack on March 6, 2010. The Court finds that Plaintiff has
presented a genuine issue of material fact on this issue. If necessary, the Court will rule
on the admissibility of Mr. Boyce’s testimony at trial.
After careful review of the Recommendation, the timely objections received
thereto, as well as a de novo review of the record, the Court concludes that the Partial
Recommended Disposition should be, and hereby is, approved and adopted as this
Court’s findings in all respects.
Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 83) is GRANTED, in
part, and DENIED, in part. Mr. Glaze’s claims against Defendants Byrd, Brown, and
Randall are DISMISSED, with prejudice. Mr. Glaze’s claims against Defendants Childs
and Andrews in their official capacities are DISMISSED, with prejudice. Mr. Glaze may
proceed on his claims against Defendants Childs and Andrews in their individual
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 25th day of April, 2012.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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