Scott v. Miami Dade County et al
ORDER Adopting 33 Report and Recommendations. Certificate of Appealability: No Ruling. Signed by Judge Darrin P. Gayles on 8/26/2014. (hs01)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 13-23013-CIV-GAYLES/WHITE
PLEADRO J. SCOTT,
MIAMI DADE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
THIS CAUSE came before the Court on Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White’s July 15,
2014, Supplemental Report (“Supplemental Report”) [ECF No. 33]. On August 21, 2013,
Plaintiff Pleandro J. Scott (“Scott”) filed a pro se civil rights Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
while confined at Metro West Detention Center (the “Complaint”) [ECF No. 1]. The case was
referred to Magistrate Judge Patrick A. White pursuant to Administrative Order 2003-19 for a
ruling on all pre-trial, non-dispositive matters and for a Report and Recommendation on any
dispositive matters [ECF No. 3].
On January 7, 2014, the Court adopted Magistrate Judge White’s Report recommending
that the case proceed on a claim of endangerment against Officers West and Jefferson, but that
the Court dismiss the claims against Defendants Ryan, Cobra, Miami Dade Department of
Corrections, Brown and Ferai [ECF No. 8]. On July 8, 2014, Scott filed an Amended Complaint
[ECF No. 29] alleging that in March of 2013 he filed a grievance requesting to be separated from
an inmate with the name of Dean (“Dean”) because Dean was “out to get” him. Scott expressed
his concerns about Dean with several individuals, including Lieutenant C. Weston (“Weston”),
Sergeant H. Jefferson (“Jefferson”), Corporal R. Gomez (“Gomez”) and Officer Jane Doe
(“Doe”). Weston, Gomez and Doe assured Scott that he would be separated from other inmates
and that there would be a notification placed on his jail card regarding the separation. On May
15, 2013, Doe placed Scott in a holding cell with Dean because Scott’s jail card did not indicate
that Scott should be separated from Dean or other inmates. Dean proceeded to attack Scott,
causing later injury.
On July 15, 2014, Magistrate Judge White issued the Supplemental Report
recommending that 1) the amended complaint be the operative complaint; 2) the claim of
endangerment proceed against Jefferson, Weston, Gomez and Doe; and 3) the claim of assault
and battery against Dean be dismissed for failure to state a claim because his conduct could not
be “fairly attributable to the State.”
On August 21, 2014, Scott filed objections to the
Supplemental Report. Scott agreed with the dismissal of the claim against Dean, but noted that
he is seeking $50,000 in punitive and monetary damages and that he is suing the Defendants in
their individual or personal capacity.
When a magistrate judge’s “disposition” has properly been objected to, district courts
must review the disposition de novo. FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b)(3). The undersigned has reviewed
the Supplemental Report, the record, and the applicable law and finds that no clear error appears
on the face of the record. In the light of that review, the undersigned agrees with Judge White’s
recommendations. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Supplemental Report [ECF No. 33] is
AFFIRMED AND ADOPTED as follows:
The Amended Complaint [ECF No. 29] is the operative complaint;
The claim of endangerment shall proceed against Defendants Jefferson, Weston,
Gomez and Doe; and
The claim of assault and battery against Dean shall be dismissed for failure to
state a claim.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida, this 26th day of August, 2014.
DARRIN P. GAYLES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Magistrate Judge White
Errol Lewis, pro se
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