United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
PHIL GILBERT United States District Judge.
matter is before the Court for preliminary review of the
First Amended Complaint (Doc. 20) filed by Plaintiff Alan
Taylor, Jr., who is now represented by counsel in this
matter. Plaintiff claims that he was denied mental health
treatment and subjected to unconstitutional conditions of
confinement at Massac County Detention Center. (Id.
at pp. 2-5). He brings claims against Massac County and its
officials under the Eighth Amendment and Illinois state law.
(Id.). Plaintiff seeks money damages and mental
health treatment. (Id. at pp. 5-6).
First Amended Complaint is now before the Court for review
under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Section 1915A requires the
Court to screen prisoner complaints and filter out
non-meritorious claims. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). Any
portion of a complaint that is legally frivolous or
malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be
granted, or asks for money damages from a defendant who by
law is immune from such relief must be dismissed. 28 U.S.C.
sets forth the following allegations in the First Amended
Complaint: After he was taken into custody at Massac County
Detention Center on February 28, 2019, Plaintiff notified
Defendants that he suffered from a serious mental health
condition. (Doc. 20, pp. 3-5). Even so, Defendants
failed to provide him with adequate mental health
evaluations, treatment, or medications. (Id.). When
Plaintiff later flooded his cell, Defendants placed him in a
“turtle suit” and restrained him in a filthy
chair and room for an undisclosed period of time.
(Id. at pp. 4-5). Plaintiff claims that Defendants
intended to cause him serious emotional distress.
on the allegations, the Court finds it convenient to
designate the following five counts in the First Amended
Count 1: Denial of medical care claim
against Defendants for failing to adequately evaluate and
treat Plaintiff's serious mental health condition.
Count 2: Unconstitutional conditions of
confinement claim against Defendants for placing Plaintiff in
a filthy chair and/or room.
Count 3: Excessive force claim against
Defendants for using a turtle suit to restrain Plaintiff
after he flooded his cell.
Count 4: Retaliation claim against
Defendants for improperly restraining Plaintiff and placing
him in unsanitary conditions because he flooded his cell.
Count 5: Intentional infliction of emotional
distress claim against Defendants under Illinois state law.
parties and the Court will use these designations in all
future pleadings and orders, unless otherwise directed by a
judicial officer of this Court. Any other claim that is
mentioned in the First Amended Complaint but not addressed
herein should be considered dismissed without prejudice as
inadequately pled under Bell Atlantic Corp. v.
Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007).
order to state a claim under Section 1983, a plaintiff must
set forth allegations suggesting that each defendant was
personally involved in a deprivation of his constitutional
rights. Colbert v. City of Chi., 851 F.3d 649, 657
(7th Cir. 2016) (citing Minix v. Canarecci, 597 F.3d
824, 833 (7th Cir. 2010)). He must draw a causal connection
between each defendant and the alleged misconduct.
Id. (citing Wolfe-Lillie v. Sonquist, 699
F.2d 864, 869 (7th Cir. 1983)). It is not enough to make
blanket allegations of misconduct against all defendants or
list the elements of each cause of action without providing
factual context for his claims. Twombly, 550 U.S. at
570. The ...