United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division
ANTONIO J. WARFIELD, Plaintiff,
RUSSELL WASHBURN, et al., Defendants.
A. TRAUGER UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
J. Warfield, then an inmate at Trousdale Turner Correctional
Center in Hartsville, Tennessee,  filed this pro se civil
rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Doc. No. 1.) He
names seven Trousdale Turner officials as defendants-Russell
Washburn, Shane Cosby, S. Roach, Daniel Jenkins, Nakynia
Jackson, Sergeant Hudson, and Sergeant Lester. (Id.
at 2-3.) He also refers to Case Manager Jones as a defendant
in the body of the complaint. (Id. at 5.) The
plaintiff filed an application to proceed in this court
without prepaying fees and costs. (Doc. No. 6.)
Application to Proceed as a Pauper
court may authorize a prisoner to file a civil suit without
prepaying the filing fee. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). Because
it appears from the plaintiff's in forma
pauperis application that he cannot pay the full filing
fee in advance, his application (Doc. No. 6) will be granted.
The $350.00 filing fee will be assessed as directed in the
accompanying order. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).
the screening requirements of the Prison Litigation Reform
Act (“PLRA”), the court must review and dismiss
the complaint if it is frivolous or malicious, fails to state
a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary
relief from an immune defendant. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. The
court must also construe a pro se complaint
liberally, United States v. Smotherman, 838 F.3d
736, 739 (6th Cir. 2016) (citing Erickson v. Pardus,
551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007)), and accept the factual allegations
as true unless they are entirely without credibility, see
Thomas v. Eby, 481 F.3d 434, 437 (6th Cir. 2007) (citing
Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992)).
plaintiff's allegations primarily pertain to several
disciplinary convictions issued by Trousdale Turner
Alleged Tampering with Security Equipment
plaintiff alleges that, on July 3, 2019, he had a
“misunderstanding” with Assistant Warden Pittman.
(Doc. No. 1 at 5.) Pittman told Sergeants Lester and Cockrell
to put the plaintiff in a holding cell at intake to
“cool off.” (Id.) Four Trousdale Turner
officials-Sergeant Lester, Case Manager Jenkins, Unit Manager
Roach, and Case Manager Jones-retrieved the plaintiff two
hours later and moved him to a “small shower” in
the segregation unit for five hours as punishment.
(Id. at 5-6.) Lieutenant William saw the plaintiff
in the shower and told him that the four Trousdale Turner
officials were “wrong for holding him [in] the shower
for over 5 hours.” (Id. at 6.) William called
Captain Maxwell over the radio to come see the plaintiff in
the shower, and Maxwell told William to let the plaintiff out
and send him back to this cell. (Id.) The plaintiff
returned to his cell at 1:30 am. on July 4. (Id.)
next day, Sergeant Lester and Case Manager Jenkins came to
the plaintiff's cell and told him that Captain Maxwell
was “wrong for sending him back to his cell.”
(Id.) Lester and Jenkins told the plaintiff he was
going to segregation. (Id.) The plaintiff asked why,
and they told him he would “find out when [he got] over
there to the hole.” (Id.)
Sergeant Lester and Case Manager Jenkins put the plaintiff in
a segregation cell, Jenkins told the plaintiff that he was
there for “tampering with security equipment.”
(Id. at 7.)
gave the plaintiff a copy of a disciplinary report dated July
3, 2019, allegedly reading as follows:
On 7/3/2019 at approximately 1100 hours, I case manager
Jenkins was conducting a cell search of D-A-107. During the
cell search I discovered that the locking mechanism had a
cardboard substance preventing it from securing properly.
Inmate Antonio Warfield #483286 is assigned to this cell and
was currently living in the ...