Angel v. Jonesboro Police Department
ORDER granting 6 Motion for IFP status; denying as moot 9 Motion for IFP status. All three of Angel's complaints are dismissed without prejudice due to not stating a federal claim this Court can address. The Clerk must file this Order in all three Angel cases. Separate Judgments will be entered. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 10/5/2016. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JONESBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT
MICAH ELIZABETH ANGEL
MICAH ELIZABETH ANGEL
1. The Court requested more information from Angel on all fronts. And
she has helpfully provided it.
2. Her motion to proceed in forma pauperis in all three of her cases is
granted. She's poor and has a small child to care for. She can't afford the
3. The Court must screen her complaints before directing service and
sending the cases forward. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). Angel has sued the
Jonesboro Police Department and the Craighead County Sheriff's Department
(twice) alleging harassment and false arrest. She filed her three cases on the
same day. She's now provided fifty-six pages of letters, police reports, and
other materials - to flesh out her claims.
It's clear from all these documents that Angel has had many encounters
with police, and has been arrested many times, in the last decade. It's unclear
if any charge remains pending, and would therefore raise a Heck bar. Heck v.
Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994). While the Court may have missed something,
the materials provided do not show that law enforcement officers have
singled out Angel based, for example, on her age, race, or gender. The U.S.
Constitution protects every person in his or her liberty. No one can be
arrested without probable cause that a crime has been committed. Henry v.
United States, 361 U.S. 98, 102 (1959). Angel's papers, though, show routine
law enforcement, not some targeting of her for no reason or an
unconstitutional reason. All three of Angel's complaints must therefore be
dismissed without prejudice because she hasn't stated a federal claim this
Court can address.
Global motion for IFP status, Ng 6 in Case No. 3:16-cv-203-DPM,
granted. Second IFP motion, Ng 9 in the same case, denied as moot. The Clerk
must file this Order in all three Angel cases. Separate Judgments will be
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
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