United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana
KATHLEEN KAY, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
the court is a civil rights complaint [doc. 1] filed pursuant
to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 by plaintiff Troy Adam Autin, who is
proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in
this matter. Autin is an inmate in the custody of the
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections and is
currently incarcerated at Rayburn Correctional Center in
Angie, Louisiana. However, his complaint relates to events
that occurred while he was incarcerated at Allen Correctional
Center (“ACC”) in Kinder, Louisiana.
alleges that, upon his transfer from Elayn Hunt Correctional
Center (“EHCC”) to ACC in July 2016, he was taken
off of his prescribed pain and mental health medications by
ACC Nurse Trish and placed on an inadequate substitute pain
medication. Doc. 1, att. 2, pp. 3-4. He maintains that he
should have been transferred back to EHCC “or another
D.O.C. facility that can hold offenders with such illnesses
and prescribe such medication, ” but that Trish
failed to apprise the warden or ACC physician of his health
conditions. Id. at 4.
also alleges that, on August 19, 2016, he was approached on
the Earth Unit by multiple other inmates, who threatened him
with physical harm. Id. He states that he informed
the sergeant working the Earth Unit of his need for
protective custody, and that the sergeant “shook her
head (yes) and went into the key to report the situation . .
. but the key [s]ergeant was on the phone, so [Autin] walked
toward his bed area in the back of the dormitory.”
Id. There, he claims, multiple offenders surrounded
him with knives and locks placed in socks, made demands, and
began to beat and stab him. Id. at 4-5. He states
that he managed to escape, and that while he was being
transported to the infirmary, he noticed Captain King, the
Unit Manager/Coach, “walking out of the gym where he
spends most of his time (in a safe area).” Id.
states that he was taken to hospitals in Lake Charles and
Lafayette, then returned to the ACC infirmary for his
recovery. Id. at 5-6. He maintains that he
“had to rehabilitate himself from being paralyzed,
” and that ACC medical staff Doctor Chatman and Nurses
Trish, West, Hebert, and Summer did not help him to clean his
wounds or change his bandages, and did not allow him to bathe
or shower for seven days. Id. at 6. He also states
that the medical staff would not move his food tray where he
could reach it or provide him with adequate pain medication.
Id. As a result of the stab wounds, their lack of
care, and the unsanitary conditions in his cell, Autin states
that he contracted Hepatitis C. Id. He also alleges
that medical staff failed to remove his sutures in a timely
manner due to Nurse West being on vacation and that his
“wounds were healing wrong and infected, ”
causing him to remove his own sutures. Id. at 7.
further alleges that Sergeant Misty Mincil reviewed the
security camera footage relating to the beating and wrote up
Autin for fighting but did not mention the stabbing, in an
effort to cover up the attack. Id. at 5. Autin
claims that stabbings occur on a daily basis but also states
that ACC staff do not conduct shakedowns until someone is
now files suit in this court, raising claims based on the
attack against Warden Cooley, Warden Allemond, Wayne
Calabrese (president of G.E.O. Group), Captain King, and
Sergeant Mincil. He also raises claims based on his medical
care against Doctor Chatman, Nurse Trish, Nurse Hebert, Nurse
Summer, and Nurse West. In relief he seeks compensatory and
punitive damages as well as declaratory relief. Doc. 1, att.
2, pp. 12-13. He states that he attempted to exhaust his
administrative remedies, but was prevented from doing so
because his mail was tampered with while he was in SHU at
Rayburn Correctional Center. Id. at 11.