United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Western Division
ALEX COLEMAN Reg. No. 28929-009 PLAINTIFF
DOC HOLLADAY, Sheriff; CAROL McGEE; FELICIA ROBINSON, Deputy; MISTY HODGES, Deputy; and TEQUILA TURNER, Deputy, Pulaski County Detention Center DEFENDANTS
following Recommended Disposition
("Recommendation") has been sent to United States
District Judge Billy Roy Wilson. You may file written
objections to all or part of this Recommendation. If you do
so, those objections must: (1) specifically explain the
factual and/or legal basis for your objection; and (2) be
received by the Clerk of this Court within fourteen (14) days
of the date of this Recommendation. If you do not file
objections, Judge Wilson can adopt this Recommendation
without independently reviewing all of the evidence in the
record. By not objecting, you may waive the right to appeal
questions of fact.
Alex Coleman (“Coleman”) has filed this pro
se § 1983 action alleging that, while he was a
pretrial detainee in the Pulaski County Regional Detention
Facility (“PCRDF”),  Defendants Pulaski County
Sheriff Doc Holladay (“Holladay”), Carol McGee
(“McGee”), Deputy Felicia Robinson
(“Robinson”), Deputy Misty Hodges
(“Hodges), and Deputy Tequila Turner
(“Turner”) violated his due process rights by
placing him on “suicide watch” when he engaged in
a hunger strike to protest inadequacies in the PCRDF law
library. Docs. 2 & 5.
Defendants have filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, a Brief
in Support, a Statement of Undisputed Facts, and a Reply.
Docs. 27, 28, 29 & 42. Coleman has filed a Response. Doc.
addressing the merits of Defendants' Motion, the Court
will summarize the relevant facts giving rise to
1. In September 2016, Coleman was a pretrial detainee in the
PCRDF, awaiting trial on federal charges. Doc. 2, at 3, 4
& 7; Doc. 28, Ex. 1 ¶5 (Ballard Aff.) & Ex. 1-1
(PCRDF Book-In Sheet).
2. On September 22, 2016, Coleman did not pick up his
breakfast tray. When a non-party deputy went to check on
Coleman, Coleman said he was on a hunger strike because
“he was a federal inmate and wanted to get out of the
facility.” A “hunger strike log” was
started. Doc. 28, Ex. 1-5 (Ouzts Incident Report).
3. Later that day, after receiving a report that Coleman was
on a hunger strike, Defendant McGee, a licensed certified
social worker, visited him in his cell. Coleman told McGee
that: he was not sure if he ate anything on September 20; he
did not eat anything on September 21; and he had not eaten
anything that day (September 22). He explained he was on a
hunger strike because he wanted to be moved to a facility
with a “better law library” so that he could
“work on his case.” Id., Ex. 1-6 (PCRDF
4. According to McGee's treatment notes, she told Coleman
that refusing to eat was a form of self-harm and that, if he
did not eat, he would be placed on “suicide
watch.” Coleman told McGee he understood. Id.,
Ex. 1-6. Coleman disputes this, asserting that McGee told him
he would be placed in “administrative segregation, not
suicide watch.” Doc. 41, at 2.
5. After her visit with Coleman, McGee placed him on suicide
watch for refusing to eat, and he was moved to a segregation
unit for observation (T Unit). Doc. 28, Ex. 1 ¶¶
10-11, 19, & Ex. 1-7 (Seg Rounds). Defendants
Robinson and Hodges escorted him to T Unit. Doc. 2, at 6.
6. When Coleman was placed on suicide watch, he was required
to remove his clothing and was issued a “paper
suit” to wear. He was also required to surrender his
personal effects, including court documents and legal notes.
Doc. 2, at 6; Doc. 5, at 2; Doc. 41, at 2.
7. On the morning of September 25, 2016, a non-party social
worker completed a PCRDF Medical Communication Form, stating
that, based on reports from Coleman and a deputy, Coleman was
now eating and drinking and thus no longer required suicide
watch or segregation. Doc. 28, Ex. 1-9 (Medical Communication
8. Soon thereafter, Coleman was taken off suicide watch, and
he was moved to general population in D Unit. Doc. 28, Ex. 1
¶ 17, & Ex. 1-7.
9. At noon on September 25, a non-party deputy heard Coleman
stating that he was again declaring a hunger strike because
the PCRDF law library was out of date. The deputy contacted a
sergeant and medical staff, and he started a “meal
observation log.” Id., Ex. 1-10 (Curtner
Incident Report). Coleman was not moved from D Unit
or placed on suicide watch at that time.
10. Two days later, on September 27, 2016, Coleman was placed
on suicide watch as a result of his refusal to eat. Defendant
Turner escorted him to a segregation unit (U Unit). Medical
staff was called, and a “suicide smock and gown”
was sent to Coleman's cell. Doc. 2, at 6; Doc. 28, Ex. 1
¶ 24, Ex. 1-11 (Hoof Incident Report) & Ex. 1-12
(Medical Communication Form). Coleman was again ...