Jackson v. City of Gulfport et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 29 Report and Recommendations, granting 19 Motion to Dismiss, which this Court has construed as a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by City of Gulfport. Willie Louis Jackson's claims against the City of Gulfport are dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. on 10/19/2017 (wld)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
WILLIE LOUIS JACKSON
CAUSE NO. 1:16cv420-LG-RHW
CITY OF GULFPORT and
ORDER ADOPTING PROPOSED FINDINGS
OF FACT AND RECOMMENDATION
BEFORE THE COURT is the Proposed Findings of Fact and
Recommendation  entered by United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker
on September 11, 2017, in which he recommends that the Motion for Summary
Judgment1  filed by the City of Gulfport should be granted. The plaintiff Willie
Louis Jackson has not filed an objection. After reviewing the record in this matter
and the applicable law, the Court finds that the Proposed Findings of Fact and
Recommendation should be adopted as the opinion of this Court, and Jackson’s
claims against the City of Gulfport should be dismissed with prejudice.
Jackson filed this section 1983 lawsuit against the City of Gulfport and
several individual officers. He claimed that he was arrested in retaliation for
attempting to file a grievance against Gulfport police officers who beat him and
towed his car. In support of its Motion for Summary Judgment, the City submitted
The Motion was filed as a Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12 or 56.
Since the City relied on evidence outside the pleadings in support of its Motion,
Judge Walker treated the Motion as a Motion for Summary Judgment.
uncontroverted evidence that Jackson was arrested pursuant to two outstanding
warrants, and the warrants were based on charges to which Jackson pled guilty.
Since there was no evidence that a City policy caused Jackson to suffer a
constitutional injury, Judge Walker recommended that the City’s Motion for
Summary Judgment should be granted.
Judge Walker’s Proposed Findings of Fact and Recommendation  was
issued on September 11, 2017, and the Court sent a copy of it to Jackson’s last
known address via certified mail. A return receipt has been filed in the record
reflecting that the mail was received on September 12, 2017. (Return Receipt, ECF
No. 30).2 Jackson has not filed an objection to the Proposed Findings of Fact and
Where no party has objected to the Magistrate Judge=s report and
recommendation, the Court need not conduct a de novo review of it. See 28 U.S.C. '
636(b)(1) (AA judge of the court shall make a de novo determination of those portions
of the report or specified proposed findings and recommendations to which objection
is made.@) In such cases, the Court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear
error on the face of the record. Douglass v. United Serv. Auto Ass=n, 79 F.3d 1415,
1420 (5th Cir. 1996).
Having conducted the required review, the Court finds that Judge Walker=s
Proposed Findings of Fact and Recommendation is neither clearly erroneous nor
A subsequent Order  that was mailed to Jackson has been returned as
undeliverable due to Jackson’s release from prison. (Return Receipt, ECF No. 32).
contrary to law. As a result, the City’s Motion for Summary Judgment  is
granted, and Jackson’s claims against the City are dismissed with prejudice.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Proposed
Findings of Fact and Recommendation  entered by United States Magistrate
Judge Robert H. Walker is ADOPTED as the opinion of this Court.
IT IS, FURTHER, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the City of
Gulfport’s Motion to Dismiss , which this Court has construed as a Motion for
Summary Judgment, is GRANTED. Willie Louis Jackson’s claims against the City
of Gulfport are hereby DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 19th day of October, 2017.
Louis Guirola, Jr.
LOUIS GUIROLA, JR.
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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