Parker v. City of San Diego et al

Filing 18

ORDER: (1) Granting in Part Motion to Dismiss, and (2) Granting Motion for More Definitive Statement (ECF Nos. 11 , 12 ). Signed by District Judge James E. Simmons, Jr on 7/8/2024. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service) (maq)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ROBERT L. PARKER, Plaintiff, 12 13 v. 14 CITY OF SAN DIEGO, et al., 15 Case No.: 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL ORDER: (1) GRANTING IN PART MOTION TO DISMISS, and Defendants. (2) GRANTING MOTION FOR MORE DEFINITIVE STATEMENT 16 17 [ECF Nos. 11, 12] 18 19 20 Before the Court is Defendants’ San Diego State University Police Department 21 (“SDSUPD”), Regents of California State University (“Regents of CSU”), Police Chief 22 Josh Mays (“Chief Mays”), Jonathan Becerra (“Becerra”), Carrie Hogan (“Hogan”), 23 Norma Cruz (“Ofc. Cruz”), Paul McClain (“Ofc. McClain”), Tracy Steckler (“Ofc. 24 Steckler”), Officer Calvert (“Ofc. Calvert”) (collectively known as “State Defendants”), 25 and City of San Diego’s (“City”) motion to dismiss the First Amended Complaint 26 (“FAC”). The City filed its motion on May 24, 2024. ECF No. 11. The State Defendants 27 filed their motion on May 24, 2024. ECF No. 12. Robert Parker (“Plaintiff”) filed a 28 response to each motion on June 19, 2024. ECF Nos. 13, 14. The City and State 1 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 Defendants both filed reply briefs. ECF Nos. 15, 16. The Court heard oral argument on 2 both motions on July 3, 2024, and took the matters under submission. ECF No. 17. For 3 the reasons stated below, the Court partially GRANTS the motion to dismiss and 4 GRANTS the motion for a more definitive statement. 5 I. FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS 6 Plaintiff alleges that on February 10, 2020, he was present on the campus of San 7 Diego State University (“SDSU”). FAC ¶ 5. While on campus, Plaintiff alleges that he 8 exhibited no conduct from which a rational person could draw a conclusion that “it 9 reasonably appears […] that the person is committing any act likely to interfere with the 10 peaceful conduct of the activities of the campus or facility, or has entered the campus or 11 facility for the purpose of committing any such act.” FAC ¶ 6. 12 On February 12, 2020, Ofc. Steckler and Ofc. Calvert arrived at Plaintiff’s private 13 residence and delivered a notice per California Penal Code § 626.6 (“PC 626.6”). FAC ¶ 14 11. The notice was based on Plaintiff’s presence on campus on February 10, 2020. Id. 15 Plaintiff alleges that Ofc. Steckler and Ofc. Calvert knowingly, wantonly, maliciously, 16 recklessly and intentionally misapplied the law in delivering the notice to Plaintiff on 17 February 12, 2020. FAC ¶ 14. 18 On February 18, 2020, Plaintiff went onto the SDSU campus and was arrested for 19 violation of PC 626.6 by Ofc. Cruz and Ofc. McClain. FAC ¶¶ 12, 16. Plaintiff alleges 20 that Ofc. Cruz and Ofc. McClain knowingly, wantonly, maliciously, recklessly and 21 intentionally implemented the arrest of Plaintiff. FAC ¶ 16. 22 Plaintiff also alleges that SDSUPD, Chief Mays and Does 1-10 directed the 23 “knowing[ ], wanton[ ], malicious[ ], reckless[ ] and intentional[ ] unlawful PC 626.6 24 notice” to Plaintiff on February 12, 2020. FAC ¶ 13. Further, Plaintiff alleges that 25 SDSUPD, Chief Mays and Does 1-10 directed the “knowing[ ], wanton[ ], malicious[ ], 26 reckless[ ] and intentional[ ] unlawful arrest” of Plaintiff on February 18, 2020. FAC ¶ 27 15. Plaintiff alleges that all SDSUPD Defendants knew that evidence they provided to the 28 2 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 City Attorney was fabricated and false, yet they continued in their support of the truth of 2 that evidence throughout the period of prosecution. FAC ¶ 17. 3 On June 19, 2020, the City initiated prosecution by delivering a criminal complaint 4 to the court that was not signed by a prosecutor. FAC ¶ 18. The date for arraignment was 5 originally set for November 10, 2020, but was rescheduled to December 3, 2020. FAC ¶ 6 22. Plaintiff was not able to appear remotely on December 3, 2020, and submitted an 7 affidavit explaining his failed attempt to attend the arraignment hearing. FAC ¶ 23. An ex 8 parte hearing was held on March 4, 2021, and the arraignment was scheduled for July 12, 9 2021. Id. On July 12, 2021, Plaintiff was arraigned and a plea of not guilty was entered. 10 FAC ¶ 24. On December 9, 2021, the court set dates of January 27, 2022, for readiness 11 and March 17, 2022, for trial. FAC ¶ 25. On January 27, 2022, at the readiness 12 conference, the court expressed concern that the criminal complaint had never been 13 signed by any prosecutor and that Plaintiff had not been provided discovery. FAC ¶ 26. 14 The court then set a continued readiness date of February 16, 2022. Id. On February 16, 15 2022, the trial date was confirmed. FAC ¶ 28. On March 17, 2022, Plaintiff appeared for 16 trial and the prosecutor requested to dismiss the charge, which the court granted. FAC ¶ 17 29. 18 Plaintiff alleges that the City and Does 21-50 knowingly, wantonly, recklessly, 19 intentionally and maliciously proceeded with and maintained prosecution of Plaintiff 20 until March 17, 2022, with knowledge that the notice was unlawful, the arrest was 21 without probable cause, and Plaintiff had not violated any law. FAC ¶ 30. Plaintiff further 22 alleges that the City exercised its policy and initiated prosecution by delivering an 23 unsigned criminal complaint to the court without making a determination that the 24 evidence established probable cause for a crime to be charged against Plaintiff. FAC ¶¶ 25 18, 20, 30. 26 Plaintiff alleges two causes of action: (1) malicious prosecution against the City, 27 Chief Mays, Becerra, Hogan, Ofc. Cruz, Ofc. McClain, Ofc. Steckler, Ofc. Calvert and 28 Does 21-50; and (2) injunctive relief against all Defendants. 3 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 2 II. LEGAL STANDARD A. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) 3 A motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) for failure to 4 state a claim tests the legal sufficiency of a plaintiff’s claim. Navarro v. Block, 250 F.3d 5 729, 732 (9th Cir. 2001). When considering the motion, the court must accept as true all 6 well-pleaded factual allegations in the complaint. Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 7 U.S. 544, 555 (2007). The court need not accept as true legal conclusions cast as factual 8 allegations. Id.; Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (“[t]hreadbare recitals of the 9 elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements” are insufficient). 10 A complaint must “state a claim for relief that is plausible on its face.” Twombly, 11 550 U.S. at 570. To survive a motion to dismiss, a complaint must include non- 12 conclusory factual content. Id. at 555; Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 679. The facts and the 13 reasonable inferences drawn from those facts must show a plausible—not just a 14 possible—claim for relief. Twombly, 550 U.S. at 556; Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 679; Moss v. 15 U.S. Secret Service, 572 F.3d 962, 969 (9th Cir. 2009). The focus is on the complaint, as 16 opposed to any new facts alleged in, for example, the opposition to a defendant’s motion 17 to dismiss. See Schneider v. California Dep’t of Corrections, 151 F.3d 1194, 1197 n.1 18 (9th Cir. 1998), reversed and remanded on other grounds as stated in 345 F.3d 716 (9th 19 Cir. 2003). “Determining whether a complaint states a plausible claim for relief [is] . . . a 20 context-specific task that requires the reviewing court to draw on its judicial experience 21 and common sense.” Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 679. The “mere possibility of misconduct” or 22 “unadorned, the defendant-unlawfully-harmed me accusation[s]” fall short of meeting 23 this plausibility standard. Id.; see also Moss, 572 F.3d at 969. 24 “[W]hen a plaintiff has claims against an unknown defendant, the plaintiff must 25 still meet federal pleading standards when alleging facts against such defendants” in 26 federal court. Lomeli v. Cnty. of San Diego, 637 F.Supp. 3d 1046, 1058 (S.D. Cal. 2022). 27 A complaint must contain “a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the 28 pleader is entitled to relief.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). Plaintiffs “may refer to unknown 4 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 defendants as ‘Does’” at the pleading stage but Rule 8 nevertheless requires a plaintiff to 2 “’allege specific facts showing how each particular doe defendant violated’” the 3 plaintiff’s rights. Thomas ex rel. Thomas v. Cnty. of San Diego, No. 20-cv-1979-CAB- 4 MDD, 2021 WL 2715086, at *3 (S.D. Cal. July 1, 2021) (quoting Keavney v. Cnty. of 5 San Diego, No. 3:19-cv-1947-AJB-BGS, 2020 WL 4192286, at *4 (S.D. Cal. July 21, 6 2020)); see also Leer v. Murphy, 844 F.2d 628, 634 (9th Cir. 1988) (plaintiff “must set 7 forth specific facts as to each individual defendant’s” wrongdoing). A district court 8 should dismiss claims against Doe defendants in a Section 1983 suit when the complaint 9 does not “even minimally explain how any of the unidentified parties … personally 10 caused a violation of [the claimant’s] constitutional rights.” Estate of Serna v. Cnty. of 11 San Diego, No. 20cv2096-LAB-MSB, 2022 WL 827123, at *3 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 18, 2022). 12 When a court dismisses a complaint under Rule 12(b)(6), it must then decide 13 whether to grant leave to amend. Federal Rule 15(a) provides that a district court should 14 “freely give leave [to amend] when justice so requires.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). A district 15 court has discretion to deny leave to amend when a proposed amendment would be futile. 16 Chappel v. Lab. Corp. of America, 232 F.3d 719, 725-26 (9th Cir. 2000). Dismissal 17 without leave to amend is appropriate only when the Court is satisfied that the 18 deficiencies of the complaint could not possibly be cured by amendment. Jackson v. 19 Carey, 353 F.3d 750, 758 (9th Cir. 2003). In other words, if allowing a party to amend its 20 pleading would be futile, district courts properly decline to grant leave to amend. Thinket 21 Ink Info. Res., Inc. v. Sun Microsys., Inc., 368 F.3d 1053, 1061 (9th Cir. 2004) (citing Saul 22 v. United States, 928 F.2d 829, 843 (9th Cir. 1991)). 23 24 B. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e) “A party may move for a more definite statement of a pleading … which is so 25 vague or ambiguous that the party cannot reasonably prepare a response.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 12(e). An order granting the motion is appropriate when the responding party cannot 27 ascertain the substance of the asserted claim. Buckley v. Cnty. of San Mateo, No. 14-cv- 28 05448-YGR, 2015 WL 5769616, at *5 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 2, 2015). “Rule 12(e) motions are 5 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 disfavored and rarely granted.” Id. (citing Castaneda v. Burger King Corp., 597 2 F.Supp.2d 1035, 1045 (N.D. Cal. 2009)). 3 “The rule is aimed at unintelligibility rather than lack of detail and is only 4 appropriate when the defendants cannot understand the substance of the claim asserted.” 5 Id. “[A] motion for a more definite statement should not be granted unless the defendant 6 literally cannot frame a responsive pleading.” Conta v. City of Huntington Beach, No. 7 8:21-cv-01897-JLS-KES, 2022 WL 3574439, at *2 (C.D. Cal. June 22, 2022) (citation 8 omitted). 9 10 III. DISCUSSION A. State Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss 11 1. Sovereign Immunity 12 The State Defendants argue that all federal constitutional claims under section 13 1983 against Regents of CSU, SDSUPD and Chief Mays in his official capacity fail 14 because Regents of CSU do not exist and SDSUPD and Chief Mays are immune under 15 the Eleventh Amendment. In his FAC, Plaintiff acknowledges that SDSUPD is an agency 16 of the state of California and Chief Mays is an official in charge of SDSUPD. 17 The Eleventh Amendment bars suits against a State or its agencies in federal court 18 for all types of relief, absent unequivocal consent by the state. Romano v. Bible, 169 F.3d 19 1182, 1185 (9th Cir. 1999) (citing Pennhurst v. Halderman, 465 US. 89, 100 (1984)). The 20 Eleventh Amendment‘s jurisdictional bar applies regardless of the nature of relief sought 21 and extends to state instrumentalities and agencies. Krainski v. Nevada ex rel. Bd. of 22 Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Educ., 616 F.3d 963, 967 (2010). 23 The State of California has not waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity with 24 respect to claims brought under section 1983 in federal court. See Dittman v. California, 25 191 F.3d 1020, 1025-26 (9th Cir. 1999) (“In the absence of a waiver by the state or a valid 26 congressional override under the eleventh amendment, agencies of the state are immune 27 from private damage actions or suits for injunctive relief brought in federal court. The 28 State of California has not waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity with respect to 6 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 claims brought under section 1983 in federal court, and the Supreme Court has held that 2 section 1983 was not intended to abrogate a State’s Eleventh Amendment immunity.”) 3 (citations, alteration, and internal quotation marks omitted); see also Pittman v. Oregon 4 Employment Dep’t, 509 F.3d 1065, 1071 (9th Cir. 2007) (“[A]n unconsenting State is 5 immune from suits brought in federal courts by her own citizens as well as by citizens of 6 another State.”). Agencies of the state are also immune from private damage actions or 7 suits for injunctive relief brought in federal court. Mitchell v. Los Angeles Cmty. College 8 Dist., 861 F.2d 198, 201 (9th Cir. 1989). Both parties agree that SDSUPD is an agency of 9 the State of California. Accordingly, SDSUPD is immune from suit pursuant to the 10 Eleventh Amendment and Chief Mays is immune from suit for any claims arising from 11 his official capacity. 12 In his opposition, Plaintiff acknowledges that Regents of CSU does not exist and 13 argues that he wants to substitute Board of Trustees of California State University 14 (“Board of Trustees of CSU”) in place of Regents of CSU. Further, Plaintiff argues that 15 the State Defendants argued incorrect facts and misrepresented PC 626.6 in their motion. 16 Plaintiff takes the position that since the State Defendant’s motion was based on 17 misrepresentations of fact and misrepresentations of law, Plaintiff has no obligation to 18 respond to their arguments. ECF No. 14 at 7-8. Based on that mistaken belief, Plaintiff 19 failed to address the legal argument of sovereign immunity raised in State Defendants’ 20 motion. As mentioned above, sovereign immunity is a jurisdictional bar and prevents the 21 Court from hearing any suit regardless of the alleged facts. By failing to address this 22 issue, Plaintiff concedes it. See Walsh v. Nevada Dep’t of Human Resources, 471 F.3d 23 1033, 1037 (9th Cir. 2006) (holding plaintiff who failed to address issues raised in 24 defendant’s motion in his opposition brief “has effectively abandoned his claim, and 25 cannot raise it on appeal”); Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP v. Countrywide Fin. Corp., 802 26 F.Supp.2d 1125, 1132 (C.D. Cal. 2011) (“[F]ailure to respond in an opposition brief to an 27 argument put forward in an opening brief constitutes waiver or abandonment in regard to 28 the uncontested issue.”); Lee v. Summit Tr. Servs., LLC, No. CV 19-3814-DMG (Ex), 7 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 2020 WL 1249971, at *3 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 22, 2020) (granting motion to dismiss because 2 plaintiff’s opposition “[did] not address Defendants’ arguments to dismiss” and thus 3 “conceded that those claims should be dismissed”). 4 5 For the reasons stated above, the first cause of action is DISMISSED with prejudice against Regents of CSU, SDSUPD and Chief Mays in his official capacity. 6 2. Individual Claims in First Cause of Action 7 The State Defendants argue that the individual claims against all named 8 Defendants are conclusory and does not meet the applicable standards for pleading and 9 should be dismissed or in the alternative, Plaintiff should be required to file a more 10 definitive statement of the claims. Plaintiff acknowledges the State Defendants’ argument 11 and requests for leave to amend and an opportunity to file a more definitive statement of 12 claims. Accordingly, the motion to file a more definitive statement pursuant to FRCP 13 12(e) is GRANTED. 14 Since Plaintiff will file a second amended complaint with a more definitive 15 statement pursuant to FRCP 12(e), the Court will not address whether the current claims 16 are sufficient under FRCP 12(b)(6). However, the Court cautions that Plaintiff only made 17 conclusory statements regarding the actions of Becerra and Hogan as they are only 18 mentioned in paragraphs 17 and 35 of the FAC. Those paragraphs only state conclusory 19 factual allegations and nowhere in the FAC does it state the specific actions of Becerra 20 and Hogan in a nonconclusory fashion that would support a claim of prosecutorial 21 misconduct. The claims against Chief Mays in his individual capacity are also 22 conclusory. Further, Plaintiff lists both individual and Monell claims in the first cause of 23 action. The first cause of action is either an individual claim or a Monell claim but cannot 24 be both. 25 3. Second Cause of Action 26 The State Defendants argue that the second cause of action should be dismissed for 27 two reasons, (1) a request for injunctive relief is not a separate cause of action; and (2) 28 Plaintiff failed to plead the requirements for injunctive relief. ECF No. 12-1 at 10. 8 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 Plaintiff does not directly address this argument in his opposition. As mentioned above, 2 failure to address an argument in an opening brief constitutes waiver or abandonment in 3 regard to the uncontested issue. See Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, 802 F.Supp.2d at 4 1132. 5 Defendant is correct, a request for injunctive relief is not a separate cause of action, 6 it is a request for a remedy. Pemberton v. Nationstar Mortg, LLC, 331 F.Supp.3d 1018, 7 1063-74 (S.D. Cal. 2018). Further, Plaintiff has failed to plead the requirements for 8 injunctive relief. 9 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65(b) governs the issuance of a preliminary 10 injunction. To obtain a preliminary injunction, the moving party must show: (1) a 11 likelihood of success on the merits; (2) a likelihood of irreparable harm to the moving 12 party in the absence of preliminary relief; (3) that the balance of equities tips in favor of 13 the moving party; and (4) that an injunction is in the public interest. Winter v. Nat. Res. 14 Def. Council, Inc., 555 U.S. 7, 20 (2008). Generally, an injunction is considered “an 15 extraordinary remedy that may only be awarded upon a clear showing that the plaintiff is 16 entitled to such relief.” Id. The moving party has the burden of persuasion. Hill v. 17 McDonough, 547 U.S. 573, 584 (2006). 18 Here, Plaintiff has failed to address any of the requirements of FRCP 65(b) in the 19 FAC. Accordingly, the Court DENIES the request for a preliminary injunction. 20 Ordinarily the Court would deny the request for a preliminary injunction with prejudice, 21 however, in its reply brief, State Defendants for the first time argue that the second cause 22 of action should also be dismissed because it was a cause of action alleged in a prior case, 23 20cv661-LL-JLB, in which the District Court granted summary judgment in Defendant’s 24 favor. Since this was raised for the first time in the reply brief, the Court DENIES the 25 request for a preliminary injunction without prejudice. 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// 9 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 B. City Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss 2 1. First Cause of Action – Monell claim 3 The City argues that Plaintiff seeks to impose respondeat superior liability for 4 alleged malicious prosecution by unnamed DCAs and that Plaintiff failed to properly 5 allege a Monell claim against the City. ECF No. 11-1 at 8-10. 6 A municipality or other local government may be liable under section 1983 if the 7 governmental body itself “subjects” a person to a deprivation of rights or “causes” a 8 person “to be subjected” to such deprivation. Monell v. New York City Dept. of Social 9 Servs., 436 U.S. 658, 692 (1978). A municipality cannot be held liable under section 10 1983 on a respondeat superior theory. Id. at 691; See also Connick v. Thompson, 563 11 U.S. 51, 60 (2011). 12 In order to establish liability for governmental entities under Monell, a plaintiff 13 must prove “(1) that [the plaintiff] possessed a constitutional right of which he was 14 deprived; (2) that the municipality had a policy; (3) that this policy amounts to deliberate 15 indifference to the plaintiff’s constitutional right; and (4) that the policy is the moving 16 force behind the constitutional violation.” Dougherty v. City of Covina, 654 F.3d 892, 17 900 (9th Cir. 2011) (quoting Plumeau v. Sch. Dist. No. 40 Cnty. of Yamhill, 130 F.3d 432, 18 438 (9th Cir. 1997)). 19 A plaintiff can satisfy Monell’s policy requirement in one of three ways; (1) a local 20 government may be held liable when it acts “pursuant to an expressly adopted official 21 policy;” (2) a public entity may be held liable for a “longstanding practice or custom;” or 22 (3) “a local government may be held liable under [section] 1983 when ‘the individual 23 who committed the constitutional tort was an official with final policy-making authority’ 24 or such an official ‘ratified a subordinate’s unconstitutional decision or action and the 25 basis for it.’” Gordon v. Cnty. of Orange, 6 F.4th 961, 973-74 (9th Cir. 2021) (citations 26 omitted). 27 28 Plaintiff argues that he has sufficiently alleged a Monell claim against the City because “malicious prosecution was carried out pursuant to a policy, custom, or practice 10 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 of the City of San Diego. Specifically, Plaintiff alleges that the City maintained a policy 2 and custom enabling the initiation and maintenance of a prosecution without probable 3 cause and without a signed criminal complaint, in violation of California Penal Code 4 section 740 and Plaintiff’s constitutional rights.” ECF No. 13 at 2-3. However, Plaintiff 5 simply restated the elements of a cause of action for Monell liability. Plaintiff has not 6 stated prior incidents in which this alleged policy has been shown to be an expressly 7 adopted official policy, or a longstanding practice or custom, or was carried out by an 8 individual with official final policy-making authority. See Gordon, 6 F.4th at 973-74. 9 Ordinarily the court must assume the facts of the complaint are true and make any 10 inferences in favor of the nonmoving party, but in stating a claim of municipal liability, 11 “to be entitled to the presumption of truth, allegations in a complaint … may not simply 12 recite the elements of a cause of action, but must contain sufficient allegations of 13 underlying facts to give fair notice and to enable the opposing party to defend itself 14 effectively,” and “the factual allegations that are taken as true must plausibly suggest an 15 entitlement to relief, such that it is not unfair to require the opposing party to be subjected 16 to the expense of discovery and continued litigation.” Starr v. Baca, 652 F.3d 1202, 1216 17 (9th Cir. 2011). See AE ex rel. Hernandez, 666 F.3d 621, 637 (9th Cir. 2012); see also 18 Mirabal v. Smith, No. C 12-3075 SI (pr), 2012 WL 5425407, at *2 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 6, 19 2012) (“It is not enough to allege simply that a policy, custom, or practice exists that 20 caused the constitutional violations.”). 21 Here, Plaintiff does not argue that the constitutional violation was committed by or 22 ratified by an official with final policy-making authority, leaving only the policy basis for 23 Monell liability. Plaintiff’s conclusory allegation that it was the policy and custom of the 24 City to enable the initiation and maintenance of a prosecution without probable cause and 25 without a signed criminal complaint is insufficient. Id. The complaint must set forth some 26 factual allegations that “plausibly suggest an entitlement to relief” against the City. The 27 complaint fails to do so. Therefore, the Monell claim alleged against the City is 28 DISMISSED without prejudice. 11 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL 1 2. Second Cause of Action – Injunctive Relief 2 For the same reasons as listed above for the State Defendants, the Court DENIES 3 without prejudice the request for a preliminary injunction against the City. 4 3. Exemplary Damages 5 The City also argues that Plaintiff’s request for exemplary damages against the 6 City should be stricken pursuant to FRCP 12(f). However, as Plaintiff correctly points 7 out, the FAC seeks exemplary damages against the individual defendants only, not the 8 City. Therefore, the City’s request is DENIED as moot. 9 IV. CONCLUSION 10 For the reasons discussed above, the Court: 11 1. GRANTS the motion to dismiss with prejudice all federal constitutional claims 12 against SDSUPD, Regents of CSU and Chief Mays in his official capacity; 13 2. GRANTS the motion for a more definite statement for the first cause of action 14 15 16 against the individual Defendants; 3. DENIES without prejudice the motion for a preliminary injunction against all Defendants; 17 4. GRANTS the motion to dismiss the Monell claim against the City; and 18 5. DENIES as moot the City’s motion to strike exemplary damages. 19 Plaintiff has 45 days from the date of this order to file a second amended 20 complaint with a more definitive statement and on the claims dismissed without 21 prejudice. 22 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 8, 2024 24 25 26 27 28 12 3:24-cv-00518-JES-DDL

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