Killman v. Kensinger et al
OPINION that Complaint should be dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on July 28, 2017. (tg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ALEXANDER MILES KILLMAN
Civil No. 5:17-cv-05090
DEPUTY CASEY KENSINGER;
LIEUTENANT ROBIN HOLT; and
CAPTAIN JEREMY GUYLL
Plaintiff, Alexander Miles Killman, filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983. He
proceeds pro se and in forma pauperis. The case is before the Court for preservice screening
under the provisions of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
1915A, the Court has the obligation to screen any complaint in which a prisoner seeks redress
from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. §
According to the allegations of the complaint (Doc. 1), Deputy Kensinger took the
Plaintiff’s shoe laces and an air force 1 emblem that went on his shoes and did not “properly put
them in my property.” The property was lost, and Plaintiff says it cannot be replaced without
purchasing a new pair of tennis shoes.
Plaintiff alleges he submitted grievances regarding his lost property, and Lieutenant Holt
and Captain Guyll responded that nothing would be done to get his property back. As relief,
Plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as the replacement of his property.
Under the PLRA, the Court is obligated to screen the case prior to service of process being
issued. The Court must dismiss a complaint, or any portion of it, if it contains claims that: (1)
are frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or, (2) seeks
monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b).
A claim is frivolous if “it lacks an arguable basis either in law or fact.” Neitzke v. Williams,
490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989). A claim fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted if it
does not allege “enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” Bell Atlantic
Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007). “In evaluating whether a pro se plaintiff has
asserted sufficient facts to state a claim, we hold ‘a pro se complaint, however inartfully pleaded
... to less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers.’” Jackson v. Nixon, 747
F.3d 537, 541 (8th Cir. 2014) (quoting Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007)).
The United States Supreme Court has held that a prisoner cannot bring a §1983 claim for
the intentional or negligent deprivation of his personal property as long as the State has adequate
post-deprivation remedies. See Hudson v. Palmer, 468 U.S. 517, 533-36 (1984); Parratt v.
Taylor, 451 U.S. 527 (1981). Plaintiff has an adequate post-deprivation remedy because he can
bring a claim for conversion against Deputy Kensinger in state court. See e.g., Elliot v. Hurst,
307 Ark. 134 (1991) (cause of action for conversion lies where distinct act of dominion exerted
over property in denial of owner’s right). No claim of constitutional dimension is stated against
With respect to Lieutenant Holt and Captain Guyll, Plaintiff objects to their responses to
his grievances. There is no constitutional right to a grievance procedure. Adams v. Rice, 40 F.3d
72, 74 (4th Cir. 1994). Similarly, the denial of a grievance does not state a substantive constitutional
claim. Lombolt v. Holder, 287 F.3d 683, 684 (8th Cir. 2002). “Rather, prison inmates have a
constitutional right to petition the government for redress through a right of access to the courts.”
Blagman v. White, 112 F. Supp. 2d 534, 542 (E.D. Va. 2000), aff'd, 3 F. Appx 23 (4th Cir. 2001);
see also Flick v. Alba, 932 F.2d 728, 729 (8th Cir. 1991). Plaintiff’s claim regarding inadequacies
in the grievance responses fails.
No plausible claims are stated. The Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B) (in forma pauperis action, or any portion of it, may be dismissed
at any time due to frivolousness or for failure to state a claim).
IT IS SO ORDERED on this 28th day of July, 2017.
P. K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?