United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Lake Charles Division
KAYLA D. LANGLEY
RICHARD WISEMAN, ET AL.
JR. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
D. CAIN, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
the court is a Motion to Dismiss or, alternatively, Motion
for Summary Judgment, filed by defendants in this matter
pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(c) and 56(a).
Plaintiff Kayla D. Langley opposes the motions. Doc. 28.
suit arises from the arrest and detention of Kayla Danielle
Langley on September 2, 2017, in Allen Parish, Louisiana.
Doc. 1. Langley was arrested on a charge of simple battery
pursuant to a warrant issued for an incident that occurred on
April 14, 2017. See doc. 28, art. 4 (affidavit for
arrest warrant). The warrant was issued based on the
affidavit of Deputy Joshua Manuel, an employee of the Allen
Parish Sheriffs Office. Id.
to the dispatch notes from the April 2017 incident, a woman
named Tyra Ardoin had requested assistance at her residence,
3534 Highway 383 in LeBlanc, Louisiana, because of a conflict
with her daughter, "Kayla Langley." Doc. 28, art. 2,
p. 1. The dispatch notes, however, also identified the
subject as "kayla nicole fontenot. .. w-f dob
11-23-1972." Id. The information in the
dispatch notes was provided by Lieutenant Scott Stalsby, the
second officer on the scene, by radio to dispatch. Doc. 28,
att. 1, pp. 19, 27-28, 39. It was overheard by Manuel while
he was en route, but he admits that he did not pay attention
and instead intended to rely on the print-out he would later
receive from dispatch. Id. at 39, 46. In his
incident report Manuel identified the subject as "Kayla
Langley," and in his affidavit in support of the arrest
warrant he identified her as "Kayla Danielle
Langley," born on January 31, 1985. Doc. 28, att. 2,
p. 2; doc. 28, att. 4.
later blamed the discrepancy on an error by dispatch, which
was allegedly responsible for taking suspect information from
Stalsby and using it to retrieve the suspect's name, date
of birth, and social security number from the Department of
Motor Vehicles. Doc. 28, att. 1, pp. 41-42. He admitted that
he never looked at the dispatch notes or asked Ardoin or
Joseph Fontenot to confirm the suspect's full name or
other identifying information. Doc. 28, att. 1, pp. 38-45.
Instead, Manuel's affidavit led to an arrest warrant for
Kayla Danielle Langley, born on January 31, 1985, and
residing at 3534 Highway 383 (Ardoin's address).
See doc. 28, att. 9.
D. Langley, the plaintiff in this matter, was arrested in the
early hours of September 2, 2017, after Deputy Richard
Wiseman responded to her call to have an ex-boyfriend removed
from her home. Doc. 28, arts. 5 & 6; see doc. 1.
Langley's birthdate, name, and social security number
matched the information of the "Kayla Danielle
Langley" identified in the arrest warrant, but the home
address to which officers had been dispatched did not match
the one provided in the warrant. See doc. 28, arts.
5 & 9.
he removed the unwanted individual, Wiseman was informed by
dispatch that Langley had an active warrant for simple
battery. Doc. 28, art. 6, p. 2; doc. 28, art. 11, p. 14.
Wiseman arrested Langley around 1:00 am, after comparing the
information she provided with the warrant. Doc. 28, art. 11,
p. 14; doc. 28, att. 10, p. 1; see doc. 28, att. 7.
Though Langley insisted that there was a mistake, she was
transported to the Allen Parish Jail. Doc. 28, att. 10.
Wiseman testified that he checked the affidavit against the
incident report from April 2017 and discovered the
discrepancies in the subject's name and birthdate. Doc.
28, att. 11, pp. 13-14. He informed his superior, Chief
Deputy Blair Fontenot, who said that it "would have to
be looked into." Id. at 21-26; see
doc. 28, att. 12, pp. 11-12. Wiseman then instructed another
officer, Bryan Hargrave, to "[b]ook her." Doc. 28,
att. 10, p. 2. Langley was not released until 4:11 am, when
Tyra Ardoin arrived at the station and verified that Langley
was not the subject of the arrest warrant. Doc. 28, att. 7.
Langley states that, despite her brief detention, her book-in
pictures were disseminated to sources which posted them
online. Doc. 28, att. 10, p. 2.
result of the stress of the event and the publication of her
arrest, Langley claims that she has suffered depression and
other mental health conditions as well as shame and
humiliation at her workplace. Doc. 1. She filed suit in this
court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state tort law, naming
as defendants Deputies Wiseman, Manuel, Fontenot, and
Hargrove, in their individual and official capacities; and
Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert, in his official capacity.
Id. She alleges that the defendants wrongfully
arrested and detained her after a reckless investigation, due
to inadequate training and disregard for established
procedures. She also maintains that supervisory officers are
liable for implementing constitutionally deficient policies
and that defendants are generally liable for failure to
intervene, negligence, and conspiracy to deprive her of her
defendants now move for dismissal of the civil rights claims
against Hebert and the § 1983 conspiracy claim, or in
the alternative for summary judgment on those claims. Langley
opposes the motion and provides evidence in support of her
claims. Doc. 28. Accordingly, the court treats the motion as
one for summary judgment.
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