Williams v. Adams

Filing 3

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER re: 2 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis filed by Plaintiff Troy Williams motion is GRANTED..IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e).. Signed by District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr on 1/23/15. (MRS)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI SOUTHEASTERN DIVISION TROY WILLIAMS ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Plaintiffs, v. RONNIE ADAMS, Defendant. No. 1:14CV181 SNLJ MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. The motion will be granted. Additionally, having reviewed the case, the Court will dismiss it under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e) Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(e)(2)(B), the Court must dismiss a complaint filed in forma pauperis if the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. An action is frivolous if it Alacks an arguable basis in either law or fact.@ Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 328 (1989); Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 31 (1992). An action is malicious if it is undertaken for the purpose of harassing the named defendants and not for the purpose of vindicating a cognizable right. Spencer v. Rhodes, 656 F. Supp. 458, 461-63 (E.D.N.C. 1987), aff=d 826 F.2d 1059 (4th Cir. 1987). A complaint fails to state a claim if it does not plead Aenough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.@ Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007). The Complaint Plaintiff, a resident at the Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, brings this 42 U.S.C. ' 1983 action against Ronnie Adams, Chief of Police of the New Madrid Police Department. Plaintiff alleges that in 1984 defendant “knocked him unconscious on the way to jail in handcuffs.” Although a pro se complaint is to be liberally construed, the complaint must contain a short and plain summary of facts sufficient to give fair notice of the claim asserted. Means v. Wilson, 522 F.2d 833, 840 (8th Cir. 1975). The Court will not supply additional facts or construct a legal theory for plaintiff that assumes facts that have not been pleaded. Having carefully reviewed the complaint, the Court concludes that plaintiff=s factual allegations are delusional and fail to state a claim or cause of action under 42 U.S.C. ' 19831 or Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). For these reasons, the complaint will be dismissed, without prejudice. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to proceed in forma pauperis [Doc.#2] is GRANTED. 1 Even if plaintiff had somehow alleged an excessive force claim with the conclusory allegations mentioned above, the statute of limitations on such claims would have long ago expired, as § 1983 claims are analogous to personal injury claims and are subject to Missouri=s five-year statute of limitations. Sulik v. Taney County, Mo., 393 F.3d 765, 766-67 (8th Cir. 2005); Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.120(4). -2- IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e). A separate Order of Dismissal will be filed forthwith. Dated this 23rd day of January, 2015. STEPHEN N. LIMBAUGH, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE -3-

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