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Joiner v. Metro Transit Police Department

United States District Court, D. Minnesota

April 21, 2017

Eugene Vincent Joiner, Plaintiff,
v.
Metro Transit Police Department, et al., Defendants.

          Eugene Vincent Joiner, plaintiff pro se.

          Nathan Midolo, Esq. and Iverson Reuvers Condon, counsel for defendant Metro Transit Police Department; Christiana Martenson and James W. Keeler, Hennepin County Attorney counsel for defendant Hennepin County Detention Center.

          ORDER

          David S. Doty, Judge United States District Court

         This matter is before the court upon the motion to strike and dismiss by defendant Hennepin County and the motions to amend and for summary judgment by pro se plaintiff Eugene Joiner. After a review of the file, record, and proceedings herein, and for the following reasons, the court grants the motion to strike and dismiss and denies the motions to amend and for summary judgment.

         BACKGROUND

         This civil rights dispute arises from Joiner's arrest by Metro Transit police officers on April 10, 2013, for having an open alcoholic beverage in public. ECF No. 1-1 ¶ 1. Joiner was transferred to the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility and booked into the adult detention center (ADC). Id. ¶ 2. Joiner alleges that personnel at ADC failed to tend to his medical needs, battered him without provocation, and left him in a cell without access to medical or other assistance. Id.

         Joiner filed this action on June 20, 2016, against the Metro Transit Police, Hennepin County Detention Center, and County Board, alleging violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments. On August 18, 2016, Joiner filed two first amended complaints; one of the complaints raised claims against Metro Transit [ECF No. 9] and the other raised claims against Hennepin County Detention Center, Hennepin County Board of Directors, Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Richard Stanek, Deputy Annette Parker, Deputy Andrew Carlson, Deputy Thomas Poser, Sergeant Angela Johnson, and Deputy James Mauer [ECF No. 10]. On August 22, 2016, Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel ordered Joiner to file a consolidated amended complaint incorporating all of his allegations against all defendants by September 5, 2016. ECF No. 11. Joiner failed to do so. Hennepin County then moved to dismiss all claims against it. ECF No. 15. Joiner failed to respond to the motion or appear at the hearing. The court granted the motion and dismissed Hennepin County from the lawsuit without prejudice. ECF No. 27 at 2. The court treated the originally filed complaint as the operative pleading given Joiner's failure to file a consolidated amended complaint as ordered by Magistrate Judge Noel. Id. at 1-2.

         Then, on February 9, 2017, Joiner filed a “First Consolidated Amended Complaint” naming Metro Transit Authority, Metro Transit Police Department, and all nine Hennepin County defendants also named in the first amended complaint. See ECF Nos. 9 and 28. On February 24, Joiner filed a “Second Consolidated Amended Complaint” against Metro Transit Authority, Metro Transit Police, Hennepin County Board, Hennepin County Detention Center, and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. ECF No. 32. On February 27, Magistrate Judge Noel directed the clerk of court to treat the second consolidated amended complaint as a motion to amend the complaint. ECF No. 33. On March 2, Metro Transit answered the first consolidated amended complaint. ECF No. 40.

         The Hennepin County defendants[1] now move to strike the first consolidated amended complaint and dismiss them from this action. Joiner moves to amend the complaint consistent with his proposed second consolidated amended complaint and for summary judgment.

         DISCUSSION

         I. Motion to Strike and Dismiss

         Hennepin County moves to strike the first consolidated amended complaint and dismiss Joiner's claims against it in that complaint. The court grants the motion to strike.[2] Because the court previously dismissed Hennepin County from the case, Joiner is foreclosed from proceeding against the Hennepin County defendants in this action.[3] As a result, the allegations against the Hennepin County defendants are stricken from the first consolidated amended complaint. The Hennepin County defendants shall also be stricken from the case caption.

         II. Motion to Amend

         The court shall provide leave to amend “when justice so requires.” Fed.R.Civ.P. 15(a)(2). Leave to amend, however, is not an absolute right and “undue delay, bad faith, or dilatory motive, repeated failure to cure deficiencies by amendments previously allowed, undue prejudice to the non-moving party, or futility of the amendment may be grounds to deny a motion to amend.” Doe v. Cassel, 403 F.3d 986, 991 (8th Cir. 2005) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). An ...


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