Shakur v. Randall et al
ORDER adopting 109 Recommended Disposition. 101 Motion for Summary Judgment granted; this action is dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 10/14/2014. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO. 4:13CV00431 SWW/BD
JOHN RANDALL, et al.
The Court has received a Recommended Disposition (“Recommendation”) filed by
Magistrate Judge Beth Deere. After careful review of the Recommendation, Mr.
Shakur’s timely objections, as well as a de novo review of the record, the Court concludes
that the Recommendation should be, and hereby is, approved and adopted as this Court’s
findings in all respects, with the exception that the Court finds that the doctrine of
sovereign immunity is not applicable in this case.1
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendants Randall, Vincent, Douglas,
Bowen, Hinton, Pruitt, Spaul, Huffman, Barden, Nester, Govia, Teel, Winters, and
Williams’s motion for summary judgment (#101) is GRANTED. Pursuant to the
The Court agrees that Plaintiff’s official-capacity claims against Faulkner County
Detention employees must be dismissed, but the Court disagrees that the claims are barred under
the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which bars a suit for money damages against a state official
unless Congress has abrogated the state's immunity or the state consents to suit or waives its
immunity. See Edleman v. Jordan, 415 U.S. 651, 663 (1974). Plaintiff brings claims against
Faulkner County employees, not state officials, and his official-capacity claims are equivalent to
claims against the County. See Parrish v. Ball, 594 F.3d 993, 997 (8th Cir.2010). A county may
be liable under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 only where a policy or custom of the county was the moving
force behind the constitutional violation at issue. Id.; Jenkins v. County of Hennepin, Minn., 557
F.3d 628, 632 (8th Cir. 2009). Here, Plaintiff has failed to allege or come forward with evidence
that a County policy or custom caused him injury.
judgment entered together with this order, this action is DISMISSED WITH
IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 14TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2014.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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