Harper v. Massachusetts State Police et al
Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton: ORDER entered. MEMORANDUM AND ORDER(Hohler, Daniel)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
MARK C. HARPER
CIVIL ACTION NO. 17-10252-NMG
MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE
ORGANIZATION and MASSACHUSETTS
STATE POLICE OFFICER BOOTH,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
GORTON, D. J.
For the reasons stated below, the Court will: (1) allow the motion to proceed in forma
pauperis, (2) dismiss without prejudice the claims against the Massachusetts State Police, and (3)
issue summonses as to the remaining defendant.
On February 21, 2017, pro se plaintiff Mark Harper filed a self-prepared complaint against
the Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts State Police Officer Booth for purported
violations of his civil rights and brings this actions ostensibly pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. ECF
No. 1. In addition to his complaint, plaintiff filed a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
ECF No. 2.
Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis is Granted.
Plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis will be ALLOWED. Because the
plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis, the action is subject to screening and the court may
dismiss a claim sua sponte if, among other things, it fails to state a claim upon which relief may
be granted or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28
Plaintiff’s Claims against the Massachusetts State Police are Dismissed.
The Massachusetts State Police is not an entity subject to suit for purposes of an action
brought under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and is immune from suit in federal court under the Eleventh
Amendment to the United States Constitution for any potential state tort claim for monetary
damages. Wil v. Michigan Dept. of State Police, 491 U.S. 58, 65-67 (1989); Patino v. City of
Revere, No. CIV.13-11114-FDS, 2014 WL 202760, at *6 (D. Mass. Jan. 16, 2014). Accordingly,
plaintiff’s claims against the Massachusetts State Police, will be DISMISSED without prejudice.
Summons shall issue against the remaining Defendant.
The Clerk shall issue a summonses for service of the complaint on defendant Booth. The
Clerk shall send the summons, complaint, and this Order to the plaintiff, who must thereafter serve
the defendant Booth in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). Plaintiff may elect
to have service made by the United States Marshals Service. If directed by the plaintiff to do so,
the United States Marshals Service shall serve the summons, complaint, and this Order upon the
defendant Booth, in the manner directed by the plaintiff, with all costs of service to be advanced
by the United States. Notwithstanding this Order to the United States Marshal Service, it remains
plaintiff’s responsibility to provide the United States Marshal Service with all necessary
paperwork and service information. Notwithstanding Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m) and Local Rule 4.1, the
plaintiff shall have 90 days from the date of this Order to complete service.
For the foregoing reasons,
The motion to proceed in forma pauperis is ALLOWED.
Defendant Massachusetts State Police is DISMISSED without prejudice from this
Summons shall issue as to defendant Booth and the plaintiff shall serve said
defendant in accordance with part II(C), supra.
Failure to comply with this Order will likely result in dismissal of this action.
/s/ Nathaniel M Gorton
Nathaniel M. Gorton
United States District Judge
Dated: March 27, 2017
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