Running Shield v. Huether et al
ORDER granting 7 Motion to Amend and Directing Service. Signed by U.S. District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol on 10/17/17. (SLW)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA
ROBERT WAYNE RUNNING SHIELD SR.,
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO AMEND
AND DIRECTING SERVICE
MAYOR MICHAEL HUETHER, MAYOR AT
MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SX.FIS.S.D. IN
OFFICIAL CAPACITY; AND SIOUX FALLS
POLICE DEPARTMENT, POLICE OFFICERS
AT MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SX.FIS.S.D. IN
Plaintiff, Robert Wayne Running Shield, Sr., is an inmate at the Mike Durfee State Prison
in Springfield, South Dakota. He filed a pro se lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Court
screened his complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, finding that he failed to state a claim
upon which relief may be granted but granting him leave to amend his complaint. Docket 6.
Running Shield subsequently filed a motion to amend his complaint and an amended complaint.
Docket 7; Docket 8.
Running Shield alleges that the Sioux Falls Police Force arrested him 197 times in the
two year period of 2015-2016. Docket 8. The arrests consisted "mostly [of] criminal trespass and
unlawful occupancy." Id. Running Shield further alleges that he asked an officer "'why is he
always arresting me?'" to which an officer responded " [l]'m going to keep arresting you
[unjtill  run you out of town.' meaning [Sjioux [Fjalls." Id.
Running Shield sues defendants in their official capacities only. "A suit against a
government officer in his official capacity is functionally equivalent to a suit against the
employing governmental entity." Veatch v. Bartels Lutheran Home, 627 F.3d 1254, 1257 (8th
Cir. 2010). "A municipality can be liable under § 1983 if an 'action pursuant to official
municipal policy of some nature caused a constitutional tort.'"Id. (quoting Monell v. Dep't of
Soc. Servs. of City, ofNew York, 436 U.S. 658, 691 (1978)). To establish municipal liability, "a
plaintiff must establish the requisite degree of fault on the part of the municipality and a causal
link between municipal policy and the alleged violation." Id. This "requires either the existence
of a municipal policy that violates federal law on its face or evidence that the municipality has
acted with 'deliberate indifference' to an individual's federal rights." Id.
"[A] local government entity may be amenable to suit under § 1983 for a continuing
failure to remedy a known pattern of constitutionally offensive conduct by its subordinates."
Baker v. McCoy,739 F.2d 381, 384 (8th 1984)(citing//errera v. Valentine, 653 F.2d 1220 (8th
Cir. 1981)). Running Shield states a claim alleging a pattern of constitutionally offensive
conduct. Therefore, Running Shield's amended complaint survives screening.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED
1. Running Shield's motion to amend complaint(Docket 7)is granted.
2. Running Shield's amended complaint(Docket 8) survives screening under 28 U.S.C.
3. Running Shield shall complete and send the Clerk of Courts a separate summons and
USM-285 form for each defendant. Upon receipt of the completed summons and
USM-285 forms, the Clerk of Court will issue the summonses. If the completed
summonses and USM-285 forms are not submitted as directed, the complaint may be
4. The United States Marshal Service shall serve the completed summonses, together
with a copy of the complaint, amended complaint, and this order, upon the
5. The Clerk shall send blank summons forms and Marshal Service Form (Form USM-
285)to Running Shield so that he may cause the summons and amended complaint to
be served upon the defendants.
6. Defendants will serve and file an answer or responsive pleading to the amended
complaint on or before 21 days following the date of service or 60 days if the
Defendants fall under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(2) or(3).
7. Running Shield will serve upon defendants, or, if appearance has been entered by
counsel, upon their counsel, a copy of every further pleading or other document
submitted for consideration by the court. He will include with the original paper to be
filed with the clerk of court a certificate stating the date and that a true and correct
copy of any document was mailed to defendants or their counsel.
8. Running Shield will keep the court informed of his current address at all times. All
parties are bound by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and by the court's Local
Rules while this case is pending.
DATED thislL"day of October, 2017.
Y THE COURT:
iwrence L. Piersol
United States District Judge
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