This prisoners complaint refers to a ninja-chop attack by the corrections officer. The Court dismissed the complaint for lack of evidence.

TIM HICKS, JR., et al., Defendants.

CASE NO. 1:09CV407


2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116985

Decided November 3, 2010 by US Magistrate Judge Greg White:

Marbury alleges that on September 24, 2008, while he was in Local Control (segregation) at MCI, C/O Windom assaulted him. (Doc. No. 1-1 at 19; Doc. No. 24 at 3.) Specifically, he alleges that C/O Windom “chopped” him in the neck/head in front of Sgt. Dewalt’s office. (Doc. Nos. 24 at 3; 42 at 4.) Marbury contends that the incident occurred while C/O Windom was returning him to his cell. (Doc. No. 142 at 3.) Marbury had attended a hearing where he learned he was being charged with “assault of a corrections officer” and now would be transferred to a Level 4 prison. Id.

C/O Windom states that as he was escorting Marbury to his cell on September 24, 2008, Marbury stopped to talk to another inmate. (Doc. No. 136-1, Windom Decl., ¶ 3.) C/O Windom then placed his hand on Marbury’s shoulder in order to get his attention. Id. Marbury fell to the ground and said something to the effect of: “You gave me one of those Ninja chop[s]. Half my body is paralyzed. However, if you give me a cup of coffee, I’ll go to my cell.” (Windom Decl., ¶ 4.) Marbury does not deny that he made this statement to C/O Windom. C/O Windom next states that Marbury voluntarily proceeded to his cell. [Footnote #2: C/O Windom stated that he believed he took a cup of coffee to Marbury in his cell. Id.] C/O Windom further acknowledged that he had no other problems with Marbury. (Id. at ¶¶ 3, 4, 8.)

On September 26, 2008, Marbury was examined by Nurse Barker at 9:00 p.m. during sick call. (Doc. No. 137, Barker Decl., ¶ 2.) Barker noted that Marbury complained that he had been assaulted on the morning of September 26, 2008, not September 24. (Barker Decl., ¶ 3.) He further noted that Marbury refused to remove his clothes to be examined and that, otherwise, no physical injuries were noted. (Barker Decl., ¶ 4.)

The Court notes:

C/O Windom contends that he simply placed his hand on Marbury’s shoulder in order to continue guiding him towards his cell. (Doc. No. 136 at 2.) C/O Windom argues that Marbury’s allegations have been found not credible by the prison administrators, and more importantly, he presents no evidence of any injury. (Doc. No. 136 at 3.)


For the above reasons, the Court grants Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment as to C/O Windom regarding the September 24, 2008, incident. (Doc. No. 136.) The Court denies Marbury’s summary judgment motion. (Doc. No. 140.) Accordingly, the case is hereby dismissed.

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