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Williams v. Young

United States District Court, C.D. California

November 6, 2014

LANCE WILLIAMS, Plaintiff,
v.
C.A. YOUNG, et al., Defendants.

ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT WITH LEAVE TO AMEND

KENLY KIYA KATO, Magistrate Judge.

On October 17, 2014, Plaintiff Lance Williams, an inmate at California State Prison in Solano, lodged a pro se civil rights complaint ("Complaint") pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ("section 1983"). On October 28, 2014, the Court granted Plaintiff's request to proceed without prepayment of the filing fee. After screening the Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e), the Court dismisses it with leave to amend.

I.

SUBSTANCE OF THE COMPLAINT

A. Factual Allegations

On December 31, 2010, while incarcerated at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, California, Plaintiff was pulled out of his dorm and repeatedly assaulted by Assistant Deputy Sheriff C.A. Young ("Deputy Young"). ECF No. 3 at 2-5. As a result of the assault, Plaintiff's nose bled. Id . at 5. Plaintiff asked Deputy Young for medical care, but Deputy Young responded by calling Plaintiff a racial slur. Id . Eventually, Deputy Young brought Plaintiff a towel, but he continued to deny Plaintiff medical care as "another act of sadistic mental state and deliberate indifference." Id . at 7. Deputy Young then placed Plaintiff in administrative segregation without justification. Id.

Plaintiff later "complained of pain and requested medical assistance" from Sheriff John Doe 1. Id . According to Plaintiff, Sheriff John Doe 1 "denied me my right to care and place[d] me in" administrative segregation. Id.

Plaintiff "urinated blood from [his] injuries and complained of pain for days and was ignored." Id . Plaintiff then filed a complaint, and was interviewed by Sheriff John Doe 2. Id . According to Plaintiff: "I explained incident and was told by [Sheriff John Doe 2] he would speak with [Deputy Young] and that's the last I heard[.]" Id . Plaintiff claims he failed to complete an administrative grievance procedure because he failed to hear back from Sheriff John Doe 2. Id . at 2.

B. Legal Claims

Plaintiff alleges Defendants violated his rights under the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, as well as under various provisions of California's State Constitution. Id . at 5. More specifically, Plaintiff alleges the use of excessive force; deliberate indifference; violation of his right to due process; violation of his "rights to be free from racial harassment, slander, [and] discrimination"; and invasion of his right to privacy. Id . at 5-6.

Plaintiff sues Deputy Young, Sheriff John Doe 1, Sheriff John Doe 2, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in their individual capacities. Id . at 3-4. Plaintiff also sues Los Angeles County. Id . at 4.

Plaintiff requests compensatory and punitive damages "in the amount of $1, 000, 000 due to emotional [and] mental distress from the physical injuries implemented by the negligent, sadistic and malicious acts of [Deputy Young]." Id . at 8. Plaintiff further requests "punitive damages against each defendant including L.A. County." Id . at 9. Plaintiff alleges the County is liable for such damages because "it has a policy of training and supervising its sheriff/jailor deputies, " and because "this policy resulted in inadequate training and supervision[, ] which in turn led to" the violation of Plaintiff's constitutional rights. Id.

II.

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