Silva (ID 55256) v. Ekis et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER denying 57 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by District Judge Carlos Murguia on 6/21/17. (hw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
CARLOS J. SILVA,
Case No. 15-3007
RON EKIS, Sergeant, Topeka Police Department,
in his individual and official capacity, et al.,
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
This matter comes before the court upon defendant Ron Ekis’s Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 57).
Plaintiff’s claims relate to an incident that occurred on January 20, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas. Plaintiff
claims that defendants used, or failed to intervene to stop the use of, excessive force in violation of
plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment rights when they seized him, handcuffed him, tased him, beat him up,
and cut off his hair. Plaintiff claims that defendants’ actions resulted in plaintiff’s five-day stay in the
ICU and caused him emotional distress and lasting physical injury.
Defendant Ekis’s current motion seeks to dismiss the Jane and/or John Doe defendants who are
either City of Topeka Police Officers or Shawnee County Sheriff’s Deputies and who allegedly took
part in the January 20, 2013 interaction described in the pleadings and to dismiss Count II of the
Amended Complaint (failure to intervene).
At the time defendant Ekis’s motion to dismiss was filed, the court had not yet entered a
scheduling order in this case, the parties had not completed discovery, and plaintiff had not yet been
able to ascertain the identities of the Doe defendants. A scheduling order was entered by the court on
June 14, 2017 (Doc. 80). According to the scheduling order, the discovery deadline is currently
November 3, 2017 and any motions to amend or join additional parties are not due until 60 days after
entry of this order. There is currently no motion before the court to amend the pleadings or add a
party. Therefore, the legal issues raised by defendant’s motion relating to whether unknown parties
can be added pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 15 are not properly before the court at this time. Because the
court declines to dismiss the Doe defendants, and defendant’s argument relies on dismissal of the Doe
defendants, the court will not address the argument that Count II should be dismissed at this time.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that defendant Ekis’s Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 57) is denied
Dated June 21, 2017, at Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ Carlos Murguia
United States District Judge
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