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Armijo v. Santa Fe County

United States District Court, D. New Mexico

September 7, 2017

PHILLIP M. ARMIJO, Plaintiff,
v.
SANTA FE COUNTY, WARDEN DEREK WILLIAMS, Individually and in his Official Capacity, CITY OF SANTA FE, and SANTA FE POLICE OFFICER ANTHONY CURREY, Individually and in his Official Capacity, Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS AND DISMISSING FROM COUNT 3 DEFENDANTS SANTA FE COUNTY AND DEREK WILLIAMS IN HIS INDIVIDUAL AND OFFICIAL CAPACITY

         THIS MATTER comes before the Court upon a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings as to Count 3 Based in Part on Qualified Immunity, filed by Defendants Santa Fe County and Derek Williams (“Defendants”) on July 25, 2017 (Doc. 10). Having reviewed the parties' pleadings and the applicable law, the Court finds that Defendants' motion is well-taken and, therefore, is granted.

         BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff brings tort claims under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act against all Defendants and a claim for constitutional violations under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against Defendants Derek Williams and Anthony Carey. Plaintiff alleges that he was falsely arrested on March 8, 2016 by Defendant Currey, a City of Santa Fe police officer, and that he was arrested on a warrant for his deceased brother. The complaint alleges that he explained the situation to Officer Currey and provided proof that he was not John Currey, but the officer arrested him anyway. Plaintiff was taken to the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility (“detention facility”) where Plaintiff also “explained to the jailer that he was falsely arrested and presented to the agent [of the detention facility] his identifying information. Compl., ¶ 18. Plaintiff asserts that despite his explanation of false arrest and the presentation of his identifying information, the detention facility, “under the supervision of Warden Derek Williams proceeded to detain and falsely imprison” him for two days. Compl., ¶¶19, 21. The Complaint asserts nine counts:

Count 1: False Arrest against Defendant Currey;
Count 2: False Imprisonment against Defendant Williams;
Count 3: Violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution for false arrest and imprisonment;
Count 4: Negligence against Defendants City of Santa Fe and Defendant Currey;
Count 5: Negligence against Defendants Santa Fe County and Defendant Williams;
Count 6: Respondeat Superior Liability against City of Santa Fe;
Count 7: Respondeat Superior Liability against Santa Fe County;
Count 8: Negligent Hiring, Training, and Supervision Against the City of Santa Fe;
Count 9: Negligent Hiring, Training and Supervision against Santa Fe County and Defendant Williams.

         DISCUSSION

         In this motion, Defendants seek their dismissal from Count 3 only. They contend that Count 3 fails to state a plausible claim upon which relief can be granted against either of them. Count 3 has been brought against Defendant William in both his individual capacity and his official capacity. Also, Defendant Williams asserts the defense of qualified immunity.

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