Williams v. Banks et al
ORDER dismissing plaintiff's claims against defts Jones and Banks without prejudice. Service is ordered on defts Capps, Gibson, and Byers. The Clerk is directed to prepare summons and the U.S. Marshall is directed to serve these defts with th e summons, complaint, addendum, amended complaint and this Order through the ADC Compliance Division without prepayment of fees therefor. All other claims and defts are dismissed without prejudice. The Court certifies that an ifp appeal would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 4/17/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
BANKS, Warden, Varner Unit,
Arkansas Department of Correction, et al.
Williams filed this prose§ 1983 action alleging that the Defendants
violated his constitutional rights while he was in the Varner Unit of the
Arkansas Department of Correction. NQ. 1, 5, & 7. The Court must screen
Scott's complaint. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
Scott alleges that Capps, Gibson, and Byers failed to protect him
from being attacked by two prisoners. Scott has stated a viable failure-toprotect claim for monetary damages against those three Defendants, in their
individual capacities only. They will therefore be served.
The Clerk is directed to prepare a summons for Defendants
Capps, Gibson, and Byers.
The U.S. Marshal is directed to serve the
summons, complaint, addendum, amended complaint, and this Order on
them through the ADC Compliance Division without prepayment of fees,
costs, or security. If any of these Defendants is no longer an ADC employee,
the individual responding to service must file the unserved Defendant's lastknown private mailing address under seal.
Scott does not seek injunctive or equitable relief against Capps,
Gibson, or Byers. His official-capacity claims are therefore dismissed without
prejudice. Larson v. Kempker, 414 F.3d 936, 939 (8th Cir. 2005); Murphy v.
Arkansas, 127 F.3d 750, 754-55 (8th Cir. 1997).
Scott has not pleaded any facts suggesting that Banks or Jones
was aware that there was inadequate security or that either one personally
participated in the events giving rise to the attack. See Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556
U.S. 662, 676 (2009); Parrish v. Ball, 594 F.3d 993, 1001 (8th Cir. 2010); Lenz v.
Wade,490 F.3d 991,995-996 (8th Cir. 2007). Instead, Scott alleges that after the
attack, Banks and Jones failed to conduct an adequate investigation. But any
post-attack failures could not have been the proximate cause of Scott's
injuries. Farmer v. Brennan, 511 U.S. 825, 838 (1994); Schuab v. VonWald, 638
F.3d 905,921 (8thCir. 2011); Latimorev. Widseth, 7F.3d 709,716 (8th Cir. 1993).
Similarly, Scott does not have a constitutional right to enforce internal prison
rules dictating how the investigation should have been conducted. Phillips v.
Norris, 320 F.3d 844, 847 (8th Cir. 2003).
Finally, Scott alleges that Jones issued him a false disciplinary for his
involvement in the altercation and, as a result, he lost an unspecified number
of good-time credits. That claim can only be raised in a§ 2254 habeas action
after Scott has exhausted all of his available state remedies. Edwards v. Balisok,
520 U.S. 641,648 (1997); Heck v. Humphrey,512 U.S. 477,477-79 (1994); Portley
-El v. Brill, 288 F.3d 1063,1066-67 (8th Cir. 2002). Scott's claims against Jones
and Banks are dismissed without prejudice.
Scott may proceed with his failure-to-protect claim against Capps,
Gibson, and Byers in their individual capacities. Service is ordered on those
Defendants on that claim only.
All other claims and Defendants are
dismissed without prejudice. The Court certifies that an in forma
pauperis appeal from this Order would not be taken in good faith. 28 U.S.C.
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