Jamie McCall v. Flowers, No. 15-2221 (8th Cir. 2016)

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Court Description: Per Curiam - Before Benton, Bowman and Kelly, Circuit Judges] Prisoner case - Prisoner civil rights. The district court did not err in granting the defendant jail guard summary judgment on plaintiff's excessive force claim as plaintiff's own account of the incident established beyond genuine dispute that the guard's actions did not rise to the level of a constitutional violation.
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United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 15-2221 ___________________________ Jamie Shawn McCall lllllllllllllllllllll Plaintiff - Appellant v. Flowers, Corporal, Faulkner County Jail lllllllllllllllllllll Defendant - Appellee ____________ Appeal from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock ____________ Submitted: February 18, 2016 Filed: February 23, 2016 [Unpublished] ____________ Before BENTON, BOWMAN, and KELLY, Circuit Judges. ____________ PER CURIAM. Jamie McCall appeals the district court’s1 adverse grant of summary judgment on his claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, arising out of an incident that occurred while he was a post-conviction detainee at the Faulkner County Detention Center (FCDC). McCall’s section 1983 complaint claimed that, on the date in question, FCDC officer Corporal Flowers used excessive force while removing his restraints, and did so in retaliation for a lawsuit he had previously filed. The district court granted Flowers summary judgment, determining that he was entitled to qualified immunity. After careful review, we conclude that summary judgment was properly granted because the facts viewed according to McCall’s own account of the incident established beyond genuine dispute that Flowers’s actions did not rise to the level of a constitutional violation. See Johnson v. Carroll, 658 F.3d 819, 825 (8th Cir. 2011) (grant of summary judgment is reviewed de novo; discussing summary judgment standard and qualified immunity); see also Hudson v. McMillian, 503 U.S. 1, 9-10 (1992) (Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment necessarily excludes de minimis uses of force, provided that use of force is not repugnant to conscience of mankind); Chambers v. Pennycook, 641 F.3d 898, 906-07 (8th Cir. 2011) (because handcuffing inevitably results in minor irritation, injury, or discomfort, plaintiff must demonstrate something more to show that force applied in that context was excessive); Walker v. Bowersox, 526 F.3d 1186, 1190 (8th Cir. 2008) (per curiam) (determining that even if official’s actions were retaliatory, they were not sufficiently severe to amount to constitutional violation). Accordingly, we affirm. See 8th Cir. R. 47B. ______________________________ 1 The Honorable Kristine G. Baker, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, adopting the report and recommendation of the Honorable Beth Deere, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. -2-