Davis v. Biloxi Police Dept.
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 8 Report and Recommendations in its entirety as the finding of this Court, and that this civil action is dismissed without prejudice for Plaintiffs failure to prosecute. Signed by District Judge Halil S. Ozerden on 10/8/21. (RLW)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
NIGELLUS DEVONTE DAVIS
BILOXI POLICE DEPT.
Civil No. 1:19cv965-HSO-RPM
ORDER ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION  AND DISMISSING CASE WITHOUT PREJUDICE
This matter comes before the Court on the Report and Recommendation  of
United States Magistrate Judge Robert P. Myers, Jr., entered on March 9, 2021.
The Magistrate Judge recommended that Plaintiff Nigellus Devonte Davis’s
Complaint  be dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute. R & R  at 2.
Plaintiff Nigellus Devonte Davis has not objected to the Report and
Recommendation  and the time for doing so has long passed.
After due consideration of the Report and Recommendation , the record in
this case, and relevant legal authority, the Court finds that the Magistrate Judge’s
Report and Recommendation  should be adopted as the finding of this Court and
that Plaintiff Nigellus Devonte Davis’s Complaint  should be dismissed without
Pro se Plaintiff Nigellus Devonte Davis (“Plaintiff”) filed this cause of action
against Defendant Biloxi Police Department (“Defendant”) on December 17, 2021.
Compl.  at 1. In the Complaint , Plaintiff alleges that he was falsely arrested
“for hitting a [j]ackpot at golden nugget and it never paid me anything but 10
cents.” Compl.  at 3. Plaintiff allegedly called the Biloxi Police Department after
hitting the “jackpot” at the Golden Nugget Casino and was thereafter subjected to a
false arrest. Id. at 4. Plaintiff seeks $500 million in damages, as well as “the whole
company or shares and triple the money a [sic] unmark car.” Id. Plaintiff was
granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Order .
On February 17, 2021, the Magistrate Judge noticed an in-person omnibus
hearing scheduled for March 8, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. and mailed Plaintiff a copy of the
notice to his address of record. Notice of Hr’g, Feb. 17, 2021. Plaintiff failed to
appear at the omnibus hearing, see Min. Entry Mar. 8, 2021, and on March 9, 2021,
the Magistrate Judge entered a Report and Recommendation , recommending
that the case be dismissed without prejudice for Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute,
R & R  at 2.
The Report and Recommendation was mailed to Plaintiff on March 9, 2021,
at his address of record. Any objection to the Report and Recommendation  was
due within fourteen (14) days of service, or no later than March 23, 2020. L.U. Civ.
R. 72(a)(3). To date, Plaintiff has not filed any objection to the Magistrate Judge’s
Report and Recommendation .
Where no party objects to a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation,
the Court need not conduct a de novo review of it. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) (“A 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.”).
Instead, the Court need only review the report and recommendation and determine
whether it is clearly erroneous or contrary to law. United States v. Wilson, 864 F.2d
1219, 1221 (5th Cir. 1989). Having conducted the required review, the Court finds
that the Report and Recommendation  is neither clearly erroneous nor contrary
to law, and that it should be adopted as the finding of the Court. This civil action
will be dismissed without prejudice for Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute.
Under Rule 41(b), generally, dismissals are permitted only when “(1) there is
a clear record of delay or contumacious conduct by the plaintiff, and (2) the district
court has expressly determined that lesser sanctions would not prompt diligent
prosecution, or the record shows that the district court employed lesser sanctions
that proved to be futile.” Campbell v. Wilkinson, 988 F.3d 798, 802 (5th Cir. 2021)
(quoting Berry v. CIGNA/RSI-CIGNA, 975 F.2d 1188, 1191 (5th Cir. 1992)).
Plaintiff was given adequate notice of the omnibus hearing before the Magistrate
Judge but failed to appear at the hearing or otherwise communicate with the Court
regarding this matter. Indeed, Plaintiff has taken no action at all in this case, or
otherwise communicated with the court since June 18, 2021. Such inaction
represents a clear record of delay or contumacious conduct, and it is apparent that
Plaintiff no longer wishes to pursue this lawsuit. The Court finds that a lesser
sanction would not prompt diligent prosecution and thus dismissal without
prejudice is warranted.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, the Report and
Recommendation  of United States Magistrate Judge Robert P. Myers, Jr,
entered on March 9, 2021, is ADOPTED in its entirety as the finding of this Court.
IT IS, FURTHER, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, this civil action is
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute. A
separate final judgment will be entered pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, this the 8th day of October, 2021.
s/ Halil Suleyman Ozerden
HALIL SULEYMAN OZERDEN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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