IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
CHARLES L. BURGETT,
KANSAS CITY AREA
Case No. 13-0494-CV-W-ODS
ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING DEFENDANT KANSAS CITY
BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS’ MOTION TO DISMISS
Pending is Defendant Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners’ (“the Board”)
Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 4). The Motion is granted.
This case arises from an incident in which Plaintiff was arrested in December
2009. Plaintiff alleges, among other things, that he was injured during his arrest and that
the Board negligently trained Defendant Officer Cartwright, which lead to his injuries.
To survive a motion to dismiss, a complaint must contain a “short and plain
statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” Fed. R. Civ. P.
8(a)(2). The claim for relief must be “‘plausible on its face,’” meaning it must “plead
factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant
is liable for the misconduct alleged.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009)
(quoting Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 554, 556 (2007)). Mere “‘labels and
conclusions,’” “‘formulaic recitation[s] of the elements of a cause of action,’” and “‘naked
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assertion[s]’ devoid of ‘further factual enhancement’” are insufficient. Id. (quoting
Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555, 557).
Plaintiff has not stated a claim in which relief can be granted against the Board
because it is a non-suable entity. In Edwards v. Baer, the Eighth Circuit held that a
plaintiff did not state a claim upon which relief could be granted against the St. Louis
Board of Police Commissioners because the board itself was not a suable entity. 863
F.2d 606, 609 (8th Cir. 1988); see also Walker v. Kansas City Police Dept., 2010 WL
2720720, at *3 (W.D. Mo. July 6, 2010) (granting Defendant Kansas City Board of
Police Commissioners’ motion to dismiss because it was not a suable entity). Claims
against the Board must be in the form of claims made against individual members
acting in their official capacity. Id. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s claims against the Board as
an entity are dismissed. The specific claims against the Board need not be analyzed
further. The individual members of the Board may reassert any arguments they deem
appropriate if and when they are served and respond to this suit.
All claims against Defendant Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners are
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATE: July 11, 2013
/s/ Ortrie D. Smith
ORTRIE D. SMITH, SENIOR JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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