Long v. Faulkner County Sheriff's Office et al
ORDER Adopting 6 Partial Recommended Disposition. The Court dismisses without prejudice Mr. Long's conditions-of-confinement and access-to-the-courts claims. The Court dismisses with prejudice Mr. Long's claims against defendant Faulk ner County Sheriff's Office. The Court dismisses without prejudice Mr. Long's claims against City-Tele-Coin. Mr. Long may proceed with his remaining claims against defendants Ryals, Randall, Riedmuehler, Andrews, Paige, and Huffman. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 7/3/2018. (mcz)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MICHAEL E. LONG, JR.
Case No. 4:18-CV-232-KGB-BD
SHERIFF’S OFFICE, et al.,
The Court has received a Partial Recommended Disposition (“Recommendation”) from
Magistrate Judge Beth Deere (Dkt. No. 6). Plaintiff Michael E. Long, Jr., filed an objection to the
Recommendation (Dkt. No. 9). After careful review of the Recommendation, Mr. Long’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.
The Court dismisses without prejudice Mr. Long’s conditions-of-confinement and accessto-the-courts claims. The Court dismisses with prejudice Mr. Long’s claims against defendant
Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. The Court dismisses without prejudice Mr. Long’s claims
against City-Tele-Coin. Mr. Long may proceed with his remaining claims against defendants
Ryals, Randall, Riedmuehler, Andrews, Paige, and Huffman.
The Court writes separately to address Mr. Long’s objection. Mr. Long objects to the
dismissal of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office as a defendant, claiming that his alleged
violations occurred as a result of an unofficial custom or policy and that he should be allowed to
proceed under Monell v. Department of Social Services, 436 U.S. 658 (1978). Here, Mr. Long has
named as defendants several individuals in their official and personal or individual capacities,
including among others Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals (Dkt. No. 2). Mr. Long brings his
claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Under § 1983, a suit against an officer in his official capacity is
construed as a suit against the governmental entity—here Faulkner County.
See Doe v.
Washington County, 150 F.3d 920, 923 (8th Cir.1998) (“A suit against a county official in his
official capacity is the equivalent of a suit against the county itself.”); Reehten v. Buck, 163 F.3d
602, 1998 WL 738329 at *1 (8th Cir.1998) (“[The plaintiff’s] official-capacity action against the
three defendants amounts to an action against their municipal employer, St. Louis County.”) (Table
Decision). The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office is not an entity that can be sued in a civil rights
case such as this. Ketchum v. City of West Memphis, 974 F.2d 81 (8th Cir. 1992).
It is so ordered, this the 3rd day of July, 2018.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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