Anderson v. Bush et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 40 DEFENDANTS NAOMI ARNOLD'S AND TRINIDAD BALDERAS' MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM. Signed by District Judge J. Thomas Marten on 8/18/2017. Mailed to pro se party Dewayne Antoine Anderson by regular mail. (mam)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
Case No. 16-1376-JTM
NAOMI ARNOLD and TRINIDAD BALDERAS,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Plaintiff Dewayne Anderson brought the present action against two Wichita Police
Department officers, Naomi Arnold and Trinidad Balderas, alleging they violated his
constitutional rights after he was involved in a two-car traffic accident. By separate order
(Dkt. 27), the court granted the motion to dismiss filed by the other driver, also sued by
Anderson. The matter is now before the court on a motion to dismiss by Officers Arnold
Anderson’s Amended Complaint is a single page handwritten narrative in which
he states that, when she was questioning him after the accident, Officer Arnold spoke “with
a different tone in her voice,” and that at one point she pulled out her taser when he turned
away from her and reached inside his jacket. (Dkt. 37, at 1). Anderson dropped his jacket
and held his hands in the air, and Officer Arnold put the taser away, although she also
placed her hand on her service gun. Id. Officer Balderas handcuffed Arnold and he had to
wait in a squad car for 20 minutes, although he told officers his hand was injured. Id.
Defendants move to dismiss the action on several grounds. First, they contend that
Anderson has failed to demonstrate any violation of his constitutional rights, since the taser
was not used and no force was actually employed. (Dkt. 40, at 4-5). Second, they argue
their actions are protected by qualified immunity, because their actions were not
objectively unreasonable, and because plaintiff has not identified any controlling precedent
indicating their actions were unlawful. (Id. at 5-7). See Quinn v. Young, 780 F.3d 998, 1005
(10th Cir. 2015).
Anderson has filed no response to the defendant’s motion. Under such
circumstances, “the court will consider and decide the motion as an uncontested motion.”
D.Kan.R. 7.4(b). Accordingly, both for good cause shown and pursuant to Rule 7.4, the
court hereby grants defendant’s motion to dismiss. (Dkt. 40).
IT IS SO ORDERED this 18th day of August, 2017.
___s/ J. Thomas Marten______
J. THOMAS MARTEN, JUDGE
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