United States District Court, W.D. Wisconsin
OPINION AND ORDER
D. PETERSON, DISTRICT JUDGE.
Jay Jasmine Saddler, a prisoner at Waupun Correctional
Institution (WCI), alleges that numerous jail and prison
officials have failed to provide proper medical care for an
injury to his left hand. He has filed a complaint asserting
claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Dkt. 1, as well as four
motions to amend the complaint, Dkt. 9; Dkt. 12; Dkt. 16;
Dkt. 18. Saddler has paid the initial partial filing fee for
this action as ordered by the court, so the next step is for
me to screen his case and dismiss any claims that are legally
frivolous, malicious, fail to state a claim upon which relief
may be granted, or ask for money damages from a defendant who
by law cannot be sued for money damages. 28 U.S.C.
§§ 1915 and 1915A. Saddler is a pro se litigant, so
I must read his complaint generously. Haines v.
Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 521 (1972) (per curiam).
are several problems with Saddler's filings that prevent
me from granting him leave to proceed. Saddler presents his
allegations in a piecemeal fashion over the course of five
documents, and many of them are simply too vague to provide
fair notice of his claims as required under Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 8. Other of Saddler's allegations simply
fail to state a claim for relief. So I am dismissing his
complaint and four motions to amend. But I will give him an
opportunity to file an amended complaint that fixes the
problems discussed in this opinion.
has also filed a motion asking me to issue an order
compelling WCI to: (1) provide him with pens while he is in
segregation; and (2) disburse funds from his release account
so that he can obtain his Grant County medical file. Dkt. 19.
I will deny that motion for reasons stated below.
the following facts from Saddler's original complaint,
Dkt. 1, as well as his motions to amend the complaint, Dkt.
9; Dkt. 12; Dkt. 16; Dkt. 18. I accept Saddler's
allegations as true at the screening stage. Bonte v. U.S
Bank, N.A., 624 F.3d 461, 463 (7th Cir. 2010).
Original complaint (Dkt. 1)
September 19, 2016, Saddler had surgery on his left hand at
Stroger Hospital in Cook County, Illinois. On November 1,
2016, Saddler was extradited to Grant County, Wisconsin,
where he was held in pretrial custody in the Grant County
was being booked into the Grant County Jail, Saddler informed
defendant Beth, an officer with the Grant County
Sheriff's Department, that he was receiving medication
for pain and nerve damage. The next day, defendant Jane Doe,
a nurse at the Grant County Jail, saw Saddler about his hand.
She told Saddler that he would be scheduled to see a doctor.
later, defendant Officer Edward Breitsprecker walked Saddler
to his initial appointment with a doctor, defendant John Doe.
Breitsprecker asked Saddler what he was being seen for, and
Saddler explained that he had sustained “a very painful
injury.” Dkt. 1, at 3.
conducted a medical assessment of Saddler. When it was
complete, he told Saddler that “the processing”
would move along quicker if Saddler could “obtain his
Cook County medical report.” Id. Saddler
arranged for this, and his medical records from Cook County
arrived at the Grant County Jail on November 29, 2016. Those
records indicated that Saddler needed additional surgical
procedures on his hand. Even though the Grant County Jail
received these records, Saddler did not receive the surgeries
or other needed medical care. Instead, Saddler “faced a
series of changes.” Id. Saddler doesn't
explain what this means.
says that defendant officers Reiley and Michelle Necollins
“were fully aware of [his] medical condition.”
Id. In December 2016, Saddler was involved in an
altercation with another detainee. As part of the
investigation of that incident, Saddler informed Necollins of
his injury and “how the pain was once again getting
wors[e].” Id. Saddler does not explain how
Reiley became aware of Saddler's medical condition.
December 2016, Saddler was seen by defendant Nurse Jessica
Hewitt. Hewitt gave Saddler a “clay-like substa[nce] to
sq[uee]ze for his hand, ” even though Saddler's
medical records from Cook County indicated that Saddler
needed surgical procedures. Id.
January 28, 2017, defendant Officer Andrew Smith responded to
a fight in the Grant County Jail. As part of his
investigation, he interviewed Saddler and asked him about his
injury. Saddler told Smith that he needed to be seen by a
nurse. Defendant Deputy Mason Nemitz escorted Saddler from
the jail block, and Saddler informed him about his medical
need as well. Necollins then confiscated Saddler's ...