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WILLIAMS v. BRILEY

June 21, 2005.

Claxton Williams Plaintiff,
v.
Kenneth Briley, et al., Defendants.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: JAMES ZAGEL, District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

The Plaintiff, currently an inmate at Menard Correctional Center, has brought this pro se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He claims that the defendants, three officers at Stateville Correctional Center ("Stateville"), violated his constitutional rights by using excessive force against him. All other defendants and claims were dismissed by the court. This matter is before the court for consideration of the defendants Hunter and Banks' motion for summary judgment.*fn1 Plaintiff was sent the LR 56.2 Warning for pro se plaintiffs regarding summary judgment. Defendants submitted LR 56.1 statement of material facts and Plaintiff submitted a "response in affidavit form" and a cross motion for summary judgment, but no LR 56.1 Facts. For the reasons stated in this order, Defendants' Hunter and Banks' motion is granted and the Plaintiff's motion is denied. Standard of Law

Summary judgment will be granted when there is no genuine issue of material fact and the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(c); Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1986). O'Connor v. DePaul Univ., 123 F. 3d 665, 669 (7th Cir. 1997). In weighing a motion for summary judgment, the court must take the facts in the light most favorable to the party opposing the motion and draw all reasonable inferences in that party's favor. Bahl v. Royal Indemnity Co., 115 F. 3d 1283, 1289 (7th Cir. 1997); Condo v. Sysco Corp., 1 F. 3d 599, 601 (7th Cir. 1993). The party opposing the motion must present evidence of a triable issue of material fact. See Vance v. Peters, 97 F. 3d 987, 990 (7th Cir. 1996). The nonmoving party is required to go beyond the pleadings and designate specific facts showing a genuine issue for trial. Bank-Leumi Le-Israel, B.M. v. Lee, 928 F. 2d 232, 236 (7th Cir. 1991). A fact is material when it would determine the outcome under the governing law. Whetstine v. Gate Rubber Co., 895 F.2d 388, 392 (7th Cir. 1990). A material fact is genuinely in dispute when "the evidence is such that a reasonable jury could return a verdict for the non-moving party." Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 248 (1986).

  Background

  Plaintiff's remaining claims in his amended complaint — after this court's December 6, 2004 order dismissing all other claims and defendants — are that on August 30, 2002 and on October 17, 2002, officers used excessive force against him: on August 30 he claims that unnamed tactical officers used excessive force on him and, Defendant Hunter retaliated against him for filing emergency letters and ignored his serious medical condition; on October 17, during a shakedown of Plaintiff's cell, defendant officer Banks used excessive force by hitting him in the head with a plastic shield while Plaintiff was handcuffed. He claims that defendant Davis kicked him and rammed an oak stick into Plaintiff's rectum during this incident. He further alleges that defendant Hunter was the superintendent in charge of the segregation unit where Plaintiff was housed at Stateville during this incident, on October 17, 2002. The original complaint was filed August 30, 2004 and the amended complaint was filed November 23, 2004.

  For purposes of this motion for summary judgment, the important allegations relate only to whether or not Plaintiff completed the administrative remedies provided at Stateville through the grievance procedure for each of these two incidents. He claims in his amended complaint that he submitted emergency grievances. He never alleges that he ever submitted any non-emergency grievances for either incident.

  August 30, 2002 incident

  Plaintiff attaches many exhibits interspersed with his amended complaint, some of which are unrelated to the remaining claims, some are letters, and one is a grievance dated September 30, and received by the Administrative Review Board ("ARB") on October 11. In this grievance he fails to name any of the tactical officers involved in the incident. This five page grievance discussed medical issues, issues related to receiving food and closing his "chuck hole" in his cell door, his failure to follow a direct order, and then the tactical team coming to his cell, handcuffing him, and then slamming their plastic shield on his head, jabbing him in his kidneys, and further beating him.

  He claims that he followed the procedure for emergency grievances, and submitted letters to the warden, but then, because he did not receive a response from the warden, he submitted a grievance directly to the ARB. He does not claim to have followed the routine grievance procedure, but he does allege that he followed the emergency grievance procedure.

  On October 29, the ARB instructed Plaintiff that he could not submit the grievance directly to them, without proof that he had first discussed the grievance with the counselor, and then submitted a written grievance to the grievance officer. (Def. Facts # 7 and Exh. C). They sent the grievance back to Plaintiff. Since evidence shows that his grievance was determined not to be an emergency, the issue becomes only whether he followed the routine non-emergency grievance procedure after being told to do so on October 29, 2002.

  October 17, 2002 incident

  In the amended complaint, Plaintiff attaches a grievance form dated November 17, 2002, that does not have any "received" stamp on it, but does have his own lengthy affidavit attached to it, dated November 12, 2002, outlining once again, his refusal to accept a meal, and the tactical team coming to his cell to beat him with the plastic shield and oak stick. For this grievance, he names the defendants Davis and Banks as part of the tactical team.

  In Plaintiff's response to the motion for summary judgment, he fails to provide any evidence of his having submitted this November 2002 grievance. Instead he states that he submitted letters dated December 27 and December 29, 2002, to the warden and assistant warden inquiring about his November grievance. He further states that his personal encounter with the assistant warden wherein he told him of the incident "should in and of itself, be exhaustion of my administration [sic] remedies." (Res. p. 4). He claims again that defendants impeded his efforts to use the grievance system by refusing to respond to his emergency grievance in a timely manner. He reiterates that he followed the emergency grievance procedure. He fails to address the issue of whether he followed the proper grievance ...


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