United States District Court, S.D. Indiana, Terre Haute Division
ENTRY GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY
JUDGMENT AND DIRECTING ENTRY OF FINAL JUDGMENT
William T. Lawrence, United States District Judge.
Cameron Mayfield, an Indiana state prisoner, alleges that his
civil rights were violated. Specifically, Mr. Mayfield
alleges that on March 1, 2015, at 5:40 a.m., Officer Iain
McCoy was responsible for admitting offenders into the 11
South dormitory (“11 South”) at Putnamville
Correctional Facility (“Putnamville”) during a
mass movement following breakfast. During this time, offender
Branden French was able to enter 11 South, even though it was
not his assigned dorm. Mr. French then proceeded to beat and
injure Mr. Mayfield.
Mayfield alleges that Officer McCoy's actions violated
his Eighth Amendment rights and state tort law. Mr. McCoy
seeks summary judgment as to the claims alleged against him.
Counsel was recruited to assist the plaintiff. For the reasons
explained below, Officer McCoy's motion for summary
judgment, Dkt. No. 57, is granted.
Standard of Review
judgment should be granted “if the movant shows that
there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the
movant is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.”
Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a). A “material fact”
is one that “might affect the outcome of the
suit.” Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477
U.S. 242, 248 (1986). The Court views the facts in the light
most favorable to the non-moving party and all reasonable
inferences are drawn in the non-movant's favor. Ault
v. Speicher, 634 F.3d 942, 945 (7th Cir. 2011).
applicable substantive law will dictate which facts are
material.” National Soffit & Escutcheons, Inc.,
v. Superior Systems, Inc., 98 F.3d 262, 265 (7th Cir.
1996) (citing Anderson, 477 U.S. at 248).
McCoy was hired to work at Putnamville on December 1, 2014.
March 1, 2015, Mr. Mayfield was housed in the “11
South” dormitory at Putnamville. 11 South is an
“open” dormitory, which means that any offender
within the dormitory has physical access to the other
is time to eat, the officer on duty in 11 South calls for
chow movement, opens the door and allows the offenders to
leave their dormitory to go to the cafeteria. Before the
offenders leave for the cafeteria they are supposed to line
up. As the offenders leave the dormitory, the officer should
record each offender's name and compare the
offender's identification with the bed board roster. On
March 1, 2015, offenders incarcerated in Putnamville had
identification cards that they were supposed to wear attached
to their clothing.
offenders return to the dormitory, the officer should check
the offender's name and compare the offender's
identification with the bed board list. During mass
movements, however, it is much harder to do these checks, as
a majority of offenders assigned to that housing unit are
leaving and returning at the same time.
March 1, 2015, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Officer McCoy
opened the 11 South doors to allow offenders to return from
to March 1, 2015, Officer McCoy was not trained to check
offender identification during mass movements. Officer McCoy
did not check the identification of offenders entering 11
South following breakfast on March 1, 2015. Officer McCoy was
not aware that Mr. French had entered 11 South during the
return chow movement.
Mayfield did not go to chow that day; instead he continued
sleeping. When Mr. Mayfield woke up, Mr. French told him to
jump down from his bunk bed. Mr. French said something to Mr.
Mayfield, but Mr. Mayfield does not remember what was said.
Mr. French did not say anything that gave Mr. Mayfield a
reason to understand why Mr. French attacked Mr. Mayfield.
Mr. Mayfield told Mr. French that he did not know what Mr.
French was talking about. Mr. Mayfield jumped down from his
bed and Mr. French hit Mr. Mayfield on top of the head. Some
other offenders pulled Mr. French away from Mr. Mayfield.
Mayfield then went to use the restroom. Mr. French followed
Mr. Mayfield to the restroom and beat Mr. Mayfield upside his
head and mashed his head against the wall. Mr. French left
the restroom and attacked two other offenders. The attack
occurred on the C-side of 11 South.
McCoy was still in the dormitory when the attack occurred,
but Officer McCoy was sitting at the desk on the D-side. No.
one yelled to Officer McCoy that there was a fight. Officer
McCoy was not aware of the incident, or that Mr. French had
entered 11 South until he was ...