Townsend v. City of Buffalo, et al
ORDER granting 25 Motion to Quash. Signed by Hon. H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. on 6/28/2017. (KER)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
CITY OF BUFFALO, et al.,
DECISION AND ORDER
This case was referred to the undersigned by the Hon. Richard J. Arcara,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1), for all pretrial matters. Dkt. #6.
Plaintiff commenced this action seeking damages pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983 and state law, alleging that she was subjected to, inter alia, warrantless entry
into her home, excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution after she called
911 to complain about loose dogs in her neighborhood. Dkt. #1.
Currently before the Court is a motion to quash plaintiff’s subpoena of
defendant Daniel Derenda, Commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department, to testify
and produce documents “pertaining to the internal review process of the Buffalo Police
department relating to civilian complaints against Buffalo Police Officers. Dkt. #25.
Plaintiff does not oppose the motion.
Although the deadline for completion of discovery set forth in the
Amended Case Management Order was January 20, 2017 (Dkt. #16), the subpoena
was mailed to defendants’ counsel in an envelope postmarked February 23, 2017. Dkt.
#25-2, p.2. However, even setting aside the appropriateness of seeking discovery from
a party by subpoena, and the failure to seek discovery from the defendant prior to the
close of discovery, the testimony sought from Commissioner Derenda is irrelevant to
plaintiff’s claims in this action given that plaintiff testified at her deposition that she
never filed a complaint with the Internal Affairs Division of the Buffalo Police
Department. Dkt. #25-3, p.3. See Redd v. City of Rochester, 15-cv-6049, 2016 WL
4702831, at *1 (W.D.N.Y. September 7, 2016) (request for information regarding
internal affairs policies and procedures for reviewing officer conduct and complaints
made against officers denied as irrelevant because there was no allegation that any
internal affairs complaints were filed). Accordingly, the motion to quash the subpoena
Buffalo, New York
June 28, 2017
s/ H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr.
H. KENNETH SCHROEDER, JR.
United States Magistrate Judge
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