United States District Court, D. Minnesota
Edward D. Stahlmann, Plaintiff,
Ramsey County Community Corrections, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, County of Ramsey, Ramsey County Adult Detention Center Defendants.
D. Stahlmann, pro se
Kimberly Parker, Ramsey County Attorney's Office, for
Ramsey County Defendants
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
BOWBEER, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
matter is before the Court on Defendants Ramsey County
Community Corrections, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office,
County of Ramsey, and Ramsey County Adult Detention Center
(collectively the “County Defendants”) Motion to
Dismiss Plaintiff Edward Stahlmann's Complaint
(“Motion to Dismiss”) [Doc. No. 4]. The motion
has been referred to the undersigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 636 and District of Minnesota Local Rule 72.1.
See (Order for Referral [Doc. No. 8].) For the
reasons stated below, the Court recommends granting the
County Defendants' Motion to Dismiss to the extent it
seeks dismissal of Plaintiff's claims, but recommends the
dismissal as to Ramsey County be without prejudice.
alleges four counts against the County Defendants: (1)
violation of his right to counsel, (2) cruel and unusual
punishment, (3) failure to provide adequate mental health
care, and (4) failure to provide adequate medical care.
(Notice of Removal Ex. A [Doc. No. 1-1 ¶¶
21-24].) As discussed below, given the liberal
treatment afforded pro se submissions, the Court
construes these allegations as Monell
claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983.
10, 2018, Plaintiff filed a Complaint in Ramsey County
District Court seeking damages against the Minnesota
Department of Corrections and the County Defendants. The
Complaint alleged various constitutional violations and a
failure to provide adequate mental health and medical care
while he was being held at the Ramsey County Adult Detention
Center. See (Compl.) On October 8, 2018, and based
on a stipulation reached by the Plaintiff and the Minnesota
Department of Corrections, Ramsey County District Court Judge
Leonardo Castro dismissed all claims against the Minnesota
Department of Corrections with prejudice. (Notice of Removal
Ex. B [Doc. No. 1-1 at 10].)
County Defendants subsequently removed the case to federal
court on November 7, 2018, see (Notice of Removal
[Doc. No. 1]), and moved for dismissal pursuant to Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). (Motion to Dismiss.) On
November 14, 2018, the undersigned ordered that
Plaintiff's response to Defendant's motion to dismiss
be filed no later than December 7, 2018, and Defendant's
reply be filed no later than fourteen days after
Plaintiff's response. No. response was filed by
Plaintiff, and on December 27, 2018, the Court took
Defendant's motion under advisement on the papers. (Dec.
27, 2018, Order [Doc. No. 10].)
Allegations in the Complaint
alleges that on June 26, 2018, he was on supervised release
in the community and became “very suicidal.”
(Compl. ¶ 6.) Two days later, Plaintiff's
Supervising Agent from Ramsey County Community Corrections
issued a warrant for Plaintiff in response to a violation of
his supervised release. (Compl. ¶ 7.) Plaintiff turned
himself in on the warrant at the Sherburne County Jail and
was transported to Mercy Hospital due to his unstable mental
condition and ingestion of approximately 100 Excedrin pills.
(Compl. ¶¶ 9-10.) Plaintiff was then transferred to
Unity Hospital, at which time Minnesota Department of
Corrections officers began supervising Plaintiff.
asserts that the next day, the Department of Corrections
overrode Unity Hospital's desire to admit Plaintiff for a
psychological evaluation and transported Plaintiff to the
Ramsey County Adult Detention Center. (Compl. ¶ 12.)
Plaintiff was booked and placed in a suicide cell, on suicide
watch, and was not allowed to use a telephone to contact
legal counsel or notify his family of his location. (Compl.
¶ 13.) The following day, Plaintiff began to bang his
head against the wall of his cell. (Compl. ¶ 14.) When
this behavior was noticed by staff, Adult Detention Center
deputies placed Plaintiff in a restraint chair, but did not
evaluate him for a possible concussion despite
Plaintiff's complaints of nausea, headache,
light-headedness, and blurred vision. (Compl. ¶¶
states that he was returned to his cell on suicide watch and
was not allowed access to a telephone until July 3, 2018-five
days after turning himself in to the Sherburne County Jail.
(Compl. ¶ 18.) A few days later, on July 7, 2018,
Plaintiff was placed on “23-hour restriction” for
using another inmate's PIN number in violation of the
jail's telephone policy. (Compl. ¶ 19.) Plaintiff
states he was not allowed out of his cell until July 9, 2018,
amounting to over 36 hours in a cell with no access to a
shower or recreational activities. (Compl. ¶ 20.)
alleges that the County Defendants violated his “right
to counsel, ” inflicted cruel and unusual punishment on
him, failed to provide adequate mental health care, and
failed to provide adequate medical care. (Compl. ¶¶
21-24.) Plaintiff seeks five million dollars “in pain
and suffering, for having to endure days of un-treated mental