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Michael Tater-Alexander v. Lonnie R. Amerjan and Lonnie R.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


March 4, 2011

MICHAEL TATER-ALEXANDER,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
LONNIE R. AMERJAN AND LONNIE R. AMERJAN, INDIVIDUALLY AND IN OFFICER TINA STIRLING HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY; CITY OF CLOVIS, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION; TINA STIRLING, INDIVIDUALLY AND IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY;
COMMUNITY REGIONAL MEDICAL
CENTER, AN ENTITY OF UNKNOWN FORM; COURTROOM: 3 DR. THOMAS MANSFIELD, AN INDIVIDUAL; MARY JO GREENE, AN INDIVIDUAL; DOES 1 THROUGH 100, AS ENTITIES OF UNKNOWN FORM AND UNKNOWN CAPACITIES, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Oliver W. Wanger

Date: January 10, 2011 Time: 10:00 a.m.

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON BEHALF OF CORPORAL

The Motion of Defendants CLOVIS POLICE CORPORAL LONNIE R. AMERJAN and CLOVIS POLICE OFFICER TINA STIRLING (herein after the "Officer Defendants") for summary judgment came on regularly for hearing before this Court on January 10, 2011. Benjamin L. Ratliff of the Law Offices of Benjamin L. Ratliff appeared as attorney for the Officer Defendants; Carey H. Johnson of Stammer, McKnight, Barnum & Bailey, LLP, appeared on behalf of defendants Community Regional Medical Center and Mary Jo Green; Daniel L. Wainwright of McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth, LLP, appeared on behalf of defendant Dr. Thomas Mansfield; and Daniel Stearn of Bustamante, O'Hara & Gagliasso, P.C., appeared as attorney for plaintiff Michael Tater-Alexander.

Prior to the issuance of the Memorandum Decisions Re Cross Motions for Summary Judgment plaintiff voluntarily dismissed Defendant THE CITY OF CLOVIS from his Third Amended Complaint in its entirety; voluntarily dismissed his Ninth Cause of Action for False Arrest against CORPORAL LONNIE R. AMERJAN and OFFICER TINA STIRLING in its entirety; voluntarily dismissed his Tenth Cause of Action for Assault against CORPORAL LONNIE R. AMERJAN in its entirety; and voluntarily dismissed his Eleventh Cause of Action for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress against ALL DEFENDANTS in its entirety.

After considering the moving and opposition papers, arguments of counsel, and all other matters presented to the Court, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows:

1) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Third Cause of Action for First Amendment Violations because the Officer Defendants did not violate Plaintiff's First Amendment rights, and even if they had violated those rights it would not have been clear to a reasonable officer they were violating those rights. The Officer Defendants are therefore entitled to qualified immunity from suit on the Third Cause of Action;

2) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Fourth Cause of Action for Supervisor Liability based on the Conduct of Officer Stirling under 42 U.S.C § 1983 because no violation of plaintiff's First Amendment rights occurred , because Plaintiff does not contest the absence of allegations or evidence to support his claims of violations of the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, and because the Officer Defendants have qualified immunity from suit on the Fourth Cause of Action;

3) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Fifth Cause of Action for Violation of Civil Rights under 42 U.S.C § 1983 because no violation of plaintiff's First Amendment rights occurred, because Plaintiff does not contest the lack of allegations of evidence to support any Constitutional violation except the First Amendment, and because Officer Defendants have qualified immunity from suit on the Fifth Cause of Action;

4) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Sixth Cause of Action for Unruh Act Violations because the Officer Defendants have qualified immunity to suit on the Sixth Cause of Action because Plaintiff has not offered any evidence or argument that call the Officer Defendants' use of due care into question on the subject date nor their entitlement to qualified immunity;

5) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Seventh Cause of Action for Violations of the Disabled Persons Act because there is no genuine issue of material fact as to whether Officer Defendants violated the Disabled Persons Act. Further, the Officer Defendants are entitled to qualified immunity from suit on the Seventh Cause of Action because Plaintiff has not offered any evidence or argument that either call the Officer Defendants' use of due care into question on the subject date or question their entitlement to qualified immunity;

6) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Twelfth Cause of Action for Violations of the Bane Act because it is undisputed that Plaintiff has not stated sufficient facts to support an action under the Bane Act. Further, the Officer Defendants have qualified immunity from suit on the Twelfth Cause of Action because Plaintiff has not offered any evidence or argument that either call the Officer Defendants' use of due care into question on the subject date or question their entitlement to qualified immunity;

7) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Thirteenth Cause of Action for Conspiracy to Violate Civil Rights and Commit Torts because there is no evidence that Officer Defendants acted in concert with anyone at the hospital and because the Officer Defendants have qualified immunity from suit on the Thirteenth Cause of Action;

8) Summary Judgment is granted in favor of the Officer Defendants as to Plaintiff's Fifteenth Cause of Action for Injunctive Relief because Plaintiff does not oppose Officer Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment on the Fifteenth Cause of Action. Accordingly, the following defendants, CLOVIS POLICE CORPORAL LONNIE R. AMERJAN, CLOVIS POLICE OFFICER TINA STIRLING, AND THE CITY OF CLOVIS, are dismissed from this action.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

OLIVER W. WANGER United States District Court Judge

20110304

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