Eskew v. Rapides Parish Sheriffs Office et al
MEMORANDUM ORDER: Directing plaintiff to amend complaint/petition. Pro Se Response due by 7/7/2021. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joseph H L Perez-Montes on 6/7/2021. (crt,Reeves, T)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
AVERY SHAWN ESKEW #25288,
CIVIL DOCKET NO. 1:21-CV-00479
JUDGE DAVID C. JOSEPH
RAPIDES PARISH SHERIFFS
OFFICE ET AL,
MAGISTRATE JUDGE PEREZ-MONTES
Before the Court is a civil rights Complaint (ECF No. 1) filed by pro se Plaintiff
Avery Shawn Eskew (“Eskew”). Eskew is an inmate in the custody of the Louisiana
Department of Corrections, incarcerated at the Rapides Parish Detention Center #3
in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Eskew alleges that his constitutional rights have been
violated at the Rapides Parish Detention Center #1.
Because Eskew must provide additional information to support his claim, he
must AMEND the Complaint (ECF No. 1)
Eskew alleges that on December 1, 2020, he was physically assaulted by
Deputy Feazell, Corporal Winn, and two unidentified officers. ECF No 1 at 3. He
allegedly requested medical care on December 1, 15, 21, 23, and 25, 2020, as well as
January 21 and 25, 2021, and February 1, 2, and 3 of 2021. ECF No. 1 at 3. According
to Eskew, the medical staff refused to give him any medications or attend to his
injuries with every request made. Id.
Eskew alleges that he was finally treated at Ochsner Hospital in Monroe and
was informed that he has a lateral tear in his meniscus. ECF No. 1-3 at 3.
Instructions to Amend
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 17(b)(3) provides that the “[c]apacity to sue or
be sued is determined ... by the law of the state where the court is located....” Under
Louisiana law, an entity must qualify as a “juridical person,” which is an “entity to
which the law attributes personality, such as a corporation or a partnership.” La.
Civ. Code art. 24. Eskew names the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department Nursing
Staff as a Defendant. ECF No. 1 at 3. But the “Nursing Staff” is not an entity
amenable to suit. See Glover v. Med. Staff Jackson Par. Corr. Ctr., 19-CV-0213, 2019
WL 3362010, at *3 (W.D. La. May 28, 2019), report and recommendation adopted,
2019 WL 3365856 (W.D. La. July 25, 2019) (to the extent plaintiff names “staff” and
“administration” as groups of unidentified persons, the Court should dismiss the
claims against them); Granger v. Tangipahoa Par. Jail - Med. Staff, 12-CV-2276, 2013
WL 1103279, at *2 (E.D. La. Feb. 5, 2013), report and recommendation adopted, 2013
WL 1103293 (E.D. La. Mar. 15, 2013), aff'd sub nom. Granger v. Tangipahoa Par.
Jail, 554 F. App’x 271 (5th Cir. 2014) (Tangipahoa Parish Jail–Medical Staff is an
improper defendant because it is not a distinct, juridical entity capable of being sued).
Eskew must amend to identify each person that allegedly denied him of
medical care on each date alleged in the Complaint. He should also state whether he
was examined on the dates that he requested care. If he was, Eskew should state
who examined him and what treatment was provided.
Because Eskew must provide additional in formation to support his claim, he
must AMEND the Complaint (ECF No. 1).
Failure to comply with this Order may result in dismissal of this action under
Rule 41(b) or 16(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Plaintiff is required to notify the Court of any change in his address under Rule
41.3 of the Local Rules for the Western District of Louisiana.
SIGNED on Monday, June 7, 2021.
JOSEPH H.L. PEREZ-MONTES
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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