Omar v. Weyker et al
ORDER: (1) Defendants Heather Weyker and John Bandemer's Motion to Dismiss [Dkt. No. 41 ] is GRANTED. (2) Defendant City of Saint Paul's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [Dkt. No. 47 ] is GRANTED. (3) Plaintiff Mohamed Sharif Omar's Second Amended Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. (Written Opinion) Signed by Judge Joan N. Ericksen on August 9, 2017. (CBC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
MOHAMED SHARIF OMAR,
HEATHER WEYKER, in her individual
capacity as a St. Paul Police Officer;
JOHN BANDEMER, in his individual
and official capacities as a St. Paul
Police Sergeant; JOHN DOES 3-4, in
their individual and official capacities as
supervisory members of the St. Paul
Police Department; THE CITY OF ST.
Case No. 16cv1166 (JNE/TNL)
Plaintiff Mohamed Sharif Omar alleges violations of his constitutional rights in an
investigation that led to his indictment by a federal grand jury and subsequent arrest. He sues
Defendants Heather Weyker, a police officer for the St. Paul Police Department in Minnesota;
John Bandemer, a St. Paul Police Department sergeant who is alleged to have been Weyker’s
supervisor; John Does 3-4, who are allegedly supervisory St. Paul police officers; and the City of
St. Paul (“St. Paul”). Weyker and Bandemer move to dismiss M. Omar’s complaint pursuant to
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim and on absolute and qualified
immunity grounds. Dkt. No. 41. St. Paul moves on behalf of the City of St. Paul and John Does
3-4 for judgment on the pleadings pursuant to Rule 12(c). Dkt. No. 47.
The investigation at the core of M. Omar’s civil complaint targeted a suspected venture
involving the sex-trafficking of minor girls across Minnesota, Tennessee, and Ohio. The
investigation resulted in the criminal indictment of thirty people, mostly Somali, in the Middle
District of Tennessee in 2010-2011 (“Tennessee Case”). M. Omar alleges that Weyker and
Bandemer fabricated evidence about him and others throughout the investigation, resulting in a
tainted indictment that was further corrupted by Weyker’s continuing deception, and causing his
arrest and detention without probable cause.
Nineteen of M. Omar’s co-defendants in the Tennessee Case bring separate suits
similarly alleging constitutional violations, and a twenty-first person brings another related civil
suit. The parties agreed to coordinated briefing on the Defendants’ motions. The Court assumes
familiarity with its fuller opinion in one of the related cases, Osman v. Weyker, et al., No.
16cv908 (“Osman Opinion”) (filed simultaneously herewith), and will not repeat that opinion’s
discussion verbatim here. M. Omar, coordinating with the other plaintiffs represented by his
counsel, opposed the motions. See GBBS Pls.’ Opp. to St. Paul Mot., Dkt. No. 52; GBBS Pls.’
Opp. to DOJ Mot. to Dismiss, Dkt. No. 55.
The Court held a hearing on the motions on May 3, 2017, and now grants both motions. 1
A motion to dismiss or a motion for judgment on the pleadings is appropriately granted
“only when there is no dispute as to any material facts and the moving party is entitled to
judgment as a [m]atter of law.” Greenman v. Jessen, 787 F.3d 882, 887 (8th Cir. 2015) (citation
omitted). To survive a Rule 12 motion, “a complaint must contain sufficient factual matter,
accepted as true, to ‘state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.’” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556
U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (citation omitted); Haney v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, 837 F.3d
918, 924 (8th Cir. 2016), as amended (Dec. 27, 2016). See also Osman Op. 3-4.
The United States also filed a Motion to Substitute and Dismiss, which was mooted by
stipulation as recognized by the April 12, 2017 Order Permitting the GBBS Plaintiffs to Amend
Complaints. Dkt. No. 62. Pursuant to that order, M. Omar filed a Second Amended Complaint
[Dkt. No. 63] (“SAC”), which is thus the operative complaint subject to these Rule 12 motions.
Most of the allegations are similar to those alleged by Osman and summarized and
analyzed in the Court’s order in that case. See, e.g., Osman Op. 4-8. The Court briefly recounts
some allegations in M. Omar’s Second Amended Complaint and some facts gleaned from the
Tennessee Case record. 2
On October 20, 2010, M. Omar was indicted in the Tennessee Case. SAC ¶ 12. He was
arrested on November 8, 2010, after a First Superseding Indictment (“FSI”) was filed, which
charged him in six counts. See FSI, United States v. Omar, No. 3:10cr260, Dkt. No. 36 (M.D.
Tenn. Nov. 3, 2010); see also SAC ¶¶ 12 (arrest date), 16 (alleging that he was charged with
“among other things, conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor . . . ”). Two counts
alleged participation in a sex-trafficking conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a) (Counts
1 and 2). Two counts, Counts 3 and 4, alleged obstruction of justice. Count 11 alleged
recruitment from December 2005 through June 2008 of a minor (Jane Doe One) to engage in
commercial sex. Finally, Count 15 alleged that from May 20, 2006, through September 15,
2006, M. Omar conspired to transport stolen money and goods across state lines in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 2314. FSI ¶ 100. 3
The sex-trafficking-related counts as against M. Omar “primarily involved” the supposed
witness-victim Jane Doe One. SAC ¶ 18. The allegations also connected M. Omar to Jane Doe
Two, who “was the centerpiece of Weyker’s and Bandemer’s fabricated case against Omar and
The Court may take judicial notice of public documents in the Tennessee Case record.
Greenman, 787 F.3d at 887.
A Second Superseding Indictment added a charge of credit-card conspiracy against M.
Omar in Count 18. See United States v. Omar, No. 3:10cr260, Dkt. No. 591 ¶ 117 (M.D. Tenn.
May 4, 2011).
others . . . .” SAC ¶¶ 20-21. Weyker was the lead investigator on the case, and Bandemer was
her supervisor in the St. Paul Police Department. SAC ¶ 15.
The indictment also charged M. Omar with obstructing justice, including alleging that he
told co-defendant Haji Osman Salad in May 2009 that “he knew a relative of Jane Doe Two and
would be talking to him that night.” FSI ¶ 76.
“Omar never engaged in any attempt to have Jane Doe Two engage in commercial sex.
There was simply no intention, desire or expectation that Jane Doe Two would engage in
commercial sex.” 4 SAC ¶ 22; see also SAC ¶ 26. “There was no influencing of witnesses.
Fabricated evidence formed the basis of the false allegations against Omar.” SAC ¶ 22.
In early 2012, as the parties in the Tennessee Case prepared for trial to begin in March,
the district court granted a motion to sever some of the counts, including Count 15, to be tried
later. United States v. Omar, No. 3:10cr260, Dkt. No. 1395 (M.D. Tenn. Feb. 16, 2012). In
addition, M. Omar and some other defendants elected to be severed from the defendants
preparing for trial on sex-trafficking-related charges. United States v. Adan, 913 F. Supp. 2d
555, 559 (M.D. Tenn. 2012); see also SAC ¶ 38.
In that Spring 2012 criminal trial, the jury acquitted six defendants fully but convicted
three defendants on some counts. SAC ¶ 39. The district court then granted Federal Rule of
Criminal Procedure 29 motions for judgments of acquittal by the three convicted defendants, on
the basis of a variance. See SAC ¶ 39; Adan, 913 F. Supp. 2d at 579.
After that trial, in August 2012, a Third Superseding Indictment was filed. That
indictment removed all of the “facts/allegations relating specifically to Jane Doe One,” but did
include a “passing reference to Jane Doe Two and Omar . . . .” SAC ¶ 18. The counts in which
M. Omar’s complaint does not include similar allegations regarding Jane Doe One.
M. Omar was charged in the Third Superseding Indictment included Count 16 for conspiracy to
transport stolen goods and Count 19 for credit-card fraud conspiracy. See United States v. Omar,
3:10cr260, Dkt. No. 2701 (M.D. Tenn. Aug. 22, 2012).
Also after the trial, M. Omar moved for release from custody, and he was released on
conditions. SAC ¶ 53. The district court’s detention decision, however, was reversed on appeal.
SAC ¶ 54; see United States v. Fahra, No. 13-5296, Dkt. No. 61-1 (6th Cir. Dec. 18, 2013)
(submitted in this case at DOJ Reply Ex. BB). The appellate court found that, among other facts,
the weight of the evidence—including testimony and evidence presented at the detention
hearings, and testimony at the April 2012 trial—and M. Omar’s history and characteristics
supported his continued detention. See DOJ Reply Ex. BB at 6-8. M. Omar “was consequently
falsely imprisoned again on March 26, 2014.” SAC ¶ 54. He then remained in custody until
January 12, 2016, when he was released on home monitoring pending trial. See SAC ¶ 55. 5 He
was finally fully released from pretrial detention after the Sixth Circuit on March 2, 2016,
decided the appeal of the district court’s order granting the Rule 29 motions. See SAC ¶ 55; see
also United States v. Fahra, 643 Fed. Appx. 480 (6th Cir. Mar. 2, 2016).
Like Osman, M. Omar alleges that the charges of a wide-ranging sex-trafficking
conspiracy were baseless and that Weyker fabricated “the overwhelming majority of material
evidence supporting his indictment as to commercial sex trafficking,” SAC ¶ 29; that Weyker
manipulated and coerced Jane Doe witnesses, including Jane Doe Two, into lying, e.g., SAC ¶¶
M. Omar was released from custody in January 2016 based on his successful argument
that continued detention pending trial would violate the due process clause of the Fifth
Amendment when he had already been in pretrial custody for over four years. United States v.
Omar, No. 3:10cr260, Dkt. No. 3760, at 15, 17 (M.D. Tenn. Jan. 12, 2016). The district court
noticed that two years of the detention by that point related to the time the Sixth Circuit had
spent considering the appeal of the court’s orders granting the Rule 29 motions after the Spring
2012 trial. See id. at 10-11; see also id. at 3 n.6 (“There is no indication as to when the Sixth
Circuit will issue its decision.”).
28, 31-32, 35, 40; that Weyker was motivated to falsify evidence by a desire for professional
success, see SAC ¶ 15; and that indications of Weyker’s fabrication included her rough notes,
SAC ¶¶ 35, 41-42, questions surrounding Jane Doe Two’s age, SAC ¶ 36, questions surrounding
Jane Doe Two’s April 2009 trip to Nashville, Tennessee, SAC ¶¶ 23-25, 35, and the results of
the Spring 2012 trial, SAC ¶ 39. Also like Osman, M. Omar’s complaint repeatedly cites to
remarks about Weyker and the case by the district and appellate courts in the Tennessee Case.
SAC ¶¶ 24, 30 n.1, 35, 41, 44-45.
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENTS
A summary of the parties’ arguments is included in Section IV of the Court’s
simultaneously filed opinion in Yusuf v. Weyker, et al., No. 16cv1012. M. Omar is represented
by the same counsel as Yusuf.
As explained fully in the Osman Opinion, pursuant to Manuel v. City of Joliet, 137 S. Ct.
911 (Mar. 21, 2017), M. Omar’s claims sound, if at all, in the Fourth Amendment, not the Fifth
or Fourteenth. See Osman Op. 11-13; see also id. at 17-22. His complaint is that “[b]ut for the
testimony and other erroneous evidence manufactured by Weyker and Bandemer, no probable
cause existed to detain or otherwise restrict Omar’s liberty.” SAC ¶ 1; see also SAC ¶ 40. In
other words, he complains “that a form of legal process resulted in pretrial detention unsupported
by probable cause.” Manuel, 137 S. Ct. at 919. So “the right allegedly infringed lies in the
Fourth Amendment.” Id. A “constitutional division of labor” applies to claims similar to M.
Omar’s. Id. at 920 n.8 (referring to Gerstein v. Pugh, 420 U.S. 103 (1975), and Albright v.
Oliver, 510 U.S. 266 (1994)). Thus, because he challenges his pretrial detention, his claim is
under the Fourth Amendment. M. Omar’s claims for substantive due process violations under
the Fifth or Fourteenth Amendments therefore fail. See Manuel, 137 S. Ct. at 919-20; Albright,
510 U.S. at 271 (plurality opinion). 6
Under the Fourth Amendment analysis, the Court must decide whether M. Omar
plausibly alleges that the Defendants violated his right to be free from unreasonable seizure by
arresting and detaining him without arguable probable cause, based on fabricated evidence. 7
To evaluate whether a person’s Fourth Amendment right has been violated by an arrest
pursuant to a warrant that lacked probable cause, the court applies the analysis set out in Franks
v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978). See Hawkins v. Gage Cty., 759 F.3d 951, 958-59 (8th Cir.
2014); Hernandez-Cuevas v. Taylor, 723 F.3d 91, 101, 105 (1st Cir. 2013). Thus, the court
considers whether there were deliberately or recklessly false statements made in support of a
finding of probable cause and whether those statements were necessary to the finding of probable
cause. See Franks, 438 U.S. at 156; Williams v. City of Alexander, 772 F.3d 1307, 1311 (8th Cir.
2014). The court also considers whether material information was omitted with the intent to
mislead or with reckless disregard as to whether the omission was misleading. See Williams, 772
F.3d at 1312; Hawkins, 759 F.3d at 959. If, setting aside the false statements (or adding in the
omitted information), there was no probable cause to arrest, then the arrest violated the Fourth
Amendment. See Williams, 772 F.3d at 1312-13; Hawkins, 759 F.3d at 958-59; HernandezCuevas, 723 F.3d at 105. Probable cause “exists when the totality of the circumstances at the
time of the arrest are sufficient to lead a reasonable person to believe that the defendant has
As explained in a footnote in the Court’s simultaneously filed order in Yusuf v. Weyker,
et al., No. 16cv1012, the attempt to distinguish Albright in his opposition papers, which were
filed without the benefit of the Manuel decision, is not persuasive in light of the Manuel Court’s
clear interpretation of Albright. See Manuel, 137 S. Ct. at 918.
Because § 1983 and Bivens claims are analyzed similarly, the Court does not reach the
question of whether M. Omar’s claim should have been brought under § 1983 or Bivens. See
Osman Op. 13-17.
committed or is committing an offense.” Greenman v. Jessen, 787 F.3d 882, 888 (8th Cir. 2015)
Where a plaintiff alleges that she was arrested without probable cause and the defendant
asserts the qualified immunity defense, courts ask whether there was “arguable probable cause to
arrest.” Stewart v. Wagner, 836 F.3d 978, 984 (8th Cir. 2016) (citing New v. Denver, 787 F.3d
895, 899 (8th Cir. 2015)) (applying this standard to a Fourth Amendment claim for detention
based on allegedly false and incomplete information in a probable cause statement). “[T]he issue
for immunity purposes is not probable cause in fact but arguable probable cause, that is, whether
the officer should have known that the arrest violated plaintiff’s clearly established right.” New,
787 F.3d at 899. “It is clearly established that the Fourth Amendment requires a truthful factual
showing sufficient to constitute probable cause before an arrest warrant can issue.” Peterson v.
City of Plymouth, 60 F.3d 469, 477 (8th Cir. 1995) (emphasis added) (citation omitted).
a. Analysis of M. Omar’s Claim Under the Fourth Amendment
In considering whether M. Omar plausibly alleges a Fourth Amendment violation, the
Court disregards mere conclusory statements, focuses on well-pleaded factual allegations and
accepts them as true, and applies its judicial experience and common sense. See Ashcroft v.
Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678-79 (2009). The Court also properly considers the Tennessee Case court
record in assessing the pleadings. See, e.g., Greenman, 787 F.3d at 887.
M. Omar’s core allegations are very similar to Osman’s, including the ample citations to
comments by the Tennessee Case district court and a related appellate decision. In the Osman
Opinion, the Court examines several orders and memoranda by the district court and two
separate Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opinions concerning the Tennessee Case, some of which
both Osman and M. Omar cite. See Osman Op. 25-33. In Osman’s case, the Court found that
some of these statements by judicial officers are remarkable, and that taken all together along
with other well-pleaded facts, they nudge Osman’s Fourth Amendment claim as to Weyker over
the Iqbal plausibility line. The Court notes that none of these judicial statements refer even
obliquely to Bandemer. The Court further found that the fact that Osman was also indicted on
charges of obstruction of justice relating to the prosecution of the allegedly fabricated sextrafficking-conspiracy case does not per se doom her Fourth Amendment claim. See Osman Op.
35-37. M. Omar’s case, however, is different.
Weyker and Bandemer argue that even if M. Omar plausibly alleges that Weyker
fabricated evidence material to the indictment for sex-trafficking-related charges, the fact that he
was also indicted in a non-trafficking-related charge defeats his Fourth Amendment claim.
Weyker and Bandemer argue that M. Omar fails to plausibly allege that there was not probable
cause to arrest him on the other crime with which he was charged. See DOJ Br. 65-68. They
point out in their reply papers that M. Omar and the other plaintiffs represented by the same
counsel fail to address this argument at all. DOJ Reply 31-32.
M. Omar’s complaint does not expressly acknowledge that he was charged in the First
Superseding Indictment in Count 15 with crimes unconnected to any alleged sex-trafficking, and
as noted, his opposition papers did not respond to Weyker and Bandemer’s argument that his
Fourth Amendment claim fails in light of that count. 8 M. Omar fails to plausibly allege—or
even conclusorily state—that there was no probable cause to indict and arrest him in November
2010 on that count, which included some specific allegations about him. Count 15 alleges that
In his complaint, apparently referencing Counts 3 and 4, M. Omar alleges: “There was
no influencing of witnesses. Fabricated evidence formed the basis of the false allegations against
Omar.” SAC ¶ 22. The indictment included a specific allegation about M. Omar in support of
these two counts, but analysis of those charges is unnecessary, and M. Omar’s allegations as to
them are not dispositive, because he fails to allege a Fourth Amendment violation with regard to
the clearly non-sex-trafficking-related charges in Count 15.
on May 22, 2006, he and others went to a business in Nashville and stole approximately
$120,000 in cash, among other loot, and that a co-defendant transported the cash to Minnesota
the next day. FSI ¶¶ 102-03. M. Omar does not allege that these allegations are false or that
Weyker or Bandemer fabricated evidence to support the indictment in Count 15. The grand
jury’s indictment of him “conclusively determines the existence of probable cause” on that
count, Kaley v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 1090, 1097 (2014) (citation omitted), absent any
plausible allegations that the indictment on that count was tainted by fabricated evidence.
Moreover, M. Omar’s more general, conclusory allegations—e.g., that he would not have been
indicted or detained absent fabricated evidence, SAC ¶ 40—cannot overcome the hurdle posed
by his indictment in Count 15. Finally, the Court cannot reasonably conclude from the results of
the trial of other co-defendants on other counts, or from the government’s dismissal of all
charges after an adverse appellate decision affirming the grant of Rule 29 motions on the basis of
a variance, that there was no probable cause to indict M. Omar on any counts at all.
Therefore, M. Omar’s complaint must fail. Even if there were no probable cause to
arrest him based on the allegedly spurious sex-trafficking-conspiracy charges, there is no Fourth
Amendment violation where there is probable cause to arrest “for the violation of some other
law.” Greenman, 787 F.3d at 889 (citation omitted); see also Devenpeck v. Alford, 543 U.S. 146,
153 (2004) (holding that there is no Fourth Amendment violation if there is probable cause to
arrest based on any criminal offense, even if the officer’s subjective reason for arresting was a
different and unrelated offense); Keil v. Triveline, 661 F.3d 981, 986 (8th Cir. 2011).
Defendants Weyker and Bandemer are entitled to qualified immunity. M. Omar has
failed to plausibly allege a constitutional violation. Moreover, as to Bandemer, there are no wellpleaded facts that would support an inference that he directly fabricated evidence. 9
b. Supervisory Liability
M. Omar also sues Bandemer and John Does 3-4 in their individual capacities as
supervisors. He alleges that they were deliberately indifferent to or authorized Weyker’s and
Bandemer’s alleged violations of his constitutional rights. See SAC ¶¶ 46-47.
A supervisor sued in his or her individual capacity in a § 1983 or Bivens suit “is only
liable for his or her own misconduct.” Iqbal, 556 U.S. at 677; see also S.M. v. Krigbaum, 808
F.3d 335, 340 (8th Cir. 2015). “When a supervising official who had no direct participation in
an alleged constitutional violation is sued for failure to train or supervise the offending actor, the
supervisor is entitled to qualified immunity unless plaintiff proves that the supervisor (1)
received notice of a pattern of unconstitutional acts committed by a subordinate, and (2) was
deliberately indifferent to or authorized those acts.” Krigbaum, 808 F.3d at 340 (citing Livers,
700 F.3d at 355). “This rigorous standard requires proof that the supervisor had notice of a
pattern of conduct by the subordinate that violated a clearly established constitutional right.
Allegations of generalized notice are insufficient.” Id. The notice prong requires that “[t]o
impose supervisory liability, other misconduct [allegedly giving the supervisor notice] must be
very similar to the conduct giving rise to liability.” Id. (quoting Livers, 700 F.3d at 356).
First, given the Court’s conclusion that M. Omar has not adequately alleged a
constitutional violation by Weyker or Bandemer, the supervisory liability claims “automatically
M. Omar’s papers do not advance this argument, but to the extent his pleadings can be
construed as alleging a Fourth Amendment constitutional violation on the basis of a presumption
of in-custody detention, the Court would reject this theory for the reasons given in the
simultaneously filed order in Jama v. Weyker, et al., No. 16cv1230, at pages 7-8.
fail for lack of an underlying constitutional violation.” Mendoza v. U.S. Immig’n & Customs
Enf’t, 849 F.3d 408, 420 (8th Cir. 2017) (citation omitted).
Moreover, M. Omar’s complaint, which is very similar to Osman’s complaint as to the
supervisory liability allegations, likewise contains lacks well-pleaded facts regarding supervisory
liability. Like Osman, he alleges that Bandemer and the John Does had supervisory
responsibility over Weyker, see, e.g., SAC ¶ 69; that the investigation was very important to the
St. Paul Police Department vice unit, SAC ¶ 15; and that “[b]y at least February 15, 2012, these
[supervisory] defendants had actual knowledge” of Weyker’s fabrications based on a February
2012 memorandum-order at Dkt. No. 1392 and other district court orders, id.
¶¶ 44-45, 47. Like Osman, M. Omar cites United States v. Mohamud, No. 3:10cr260, 2013 WL
1935506, at *11 n. 6 (M.D. Tenn. May 9, 2013), and United States v. Adan, 913 F. Supp. 2d 555,
589 n.10 (M.D. Tenn. Dec. 19, 2012), in support of his supervisory liability notice allegations.
SAC ¶¶ 44-45.
As explained in the Osman Opinion, these allegations do not sufficiently plead
supervisory liability based on notice. See Osman Op. 37-41. Nor do they establish a pattern of
unconstitutional acts by Weyker. Ignoring conclusory or unsupported allegations, M. Omar does
not allege any other similar acts by Weyker or Bandemer before the Tennessee Case
investigation that could show a pattern about which Bandemer (as Weyker’s supervisor) or the
John Does (as Weyker’s and/or Bandemer’s supervisors) personally knew.
The allegations fail to state a claim for supervisory liability, and Bandemer and John
Does 3-4 are entitled to qualified immunity as to these counts.
c. Municipal Liability
M. Omar sues St. Paul as well as Bandemer and the John Does in their official capacities
for municipal liability under Monell v. Department of Social Services of the City of New York,
436 U.S. 658 (1978). “[A] local government may not be sued under § 1983 for an injury
inflicted solely by its employees or agents.” Id. at 694. “Instead,” a municipality is liable “when
execution of a government’s policy or custom, whether made by its lawmakers or by those
whose edicts or acts may fairly be said to represent official policy, inflicts the injury . . . .” Id.
A plaintiff therefore must show that there is an “official” policy or a “custom or usage
with the force of law.” Kelly v. City of Omaha, 813 F.3d 1070, 1075 (8th Cir. 2016). A plaintiff
must plead “allegations, reference, or language by which one could begin to draw an inference
that the conduct complained of . . . resulted from an unconstitutional policy or custom.”
Crumpley-Patterson v. Trinity Lutheran Hosp., 388 F.3d 588, 591 (8th Cir. 2004) (citation
omitted). “Misconduct among a municipality’s employees must be ‘continuing, widespread,
[and] persistent’ to establish such a custom.” Kelly, 813 F.3d at 1075 (citation omitted). Also,
“the municipality will not be liable unless policymaking officials exhibit ‘[d]eliberate
indifference to or tacit authorization of such conduct . . . after notice to the officials of that
misconduct.’” Id. at 1075-76 (citation omitted). The question is whether a “governmental policy
or custom was the ‘moving force’ that led to the deprivation of [the plaintiff’s] constitutional
rights.” Speer v. City of Wynne, 276 F.3d 980, 986 (8th Cir. 2002). Even if no individual
employee is found liable, a municipality might be liable, but only where “the combined actions
of multiple officials or employees may give rise to a constitutional violation.” Id.
M. Omar does not adequately support his conclusory municipal liability allegations with
well-pleaded facts. He does not allege with well-pleaded facts that Weyker or other St. Paul
Police Department employees fabricated evidence in other investigations, nor that policymaking
officials in the department were aware of any previous incidents of fabrication of evidence. He
does not allege well-pleaded facts to support a theory that multiple St. Paul Police Department
members—not even Weyker and Bandemer—combined to violate his rights. Nor does he allege
facts that would demonstrate an official department policy that moved officers to fabricate
evidence or coerce witnesses and mislead prosecutors and grand juries to secure indictments. He
also does not plausibly allege any such custom because, among other reasons, he has not
adequately alleged notice, as explained above. The supervisory defendants sued in their official
capacities, and the City of St. Paul, are entitled to qualified immunity on these claims.
Defendants are entitled to qualified immunity on all counts, because M. Omar’s
complaint fails to plausibly allege a violation of his constitutional rights. The Court grants the
Defendants’ motions and dismisses with prejudice. See Ulrich v. Pope Cty., 715 F.3d 1054,
1060-61 (8th Cir. 2013); C.N. v. Willmar Pub. Sch., Indep. Sch. Dist. No. 347, 591 F.3d 624, 635
(8th Cir. 2010).
Based on the files, records, and proceedings herein, and for the reasons stated above, IT
IS ORDERED THAT:
1. Defendants Heather Weyker and John Bandemer’s Motion to Dismiss [Dkt. No. 41]
2. Defendant City of Saint Paul’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [Dkt. No. 47] is
3. Plaintiff Mohamed Sharif Omar’s Second Amended Complaint is DISMISSED
LET JUDGMENT BE ENTERED ACCORDINGLY.
Dated: August 9, 2017
s/ Joan N. Ericksen
JOAN N. ERICKSEN
United States District Judge
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