Stops v. Core Civic Services-Crossroads Correctional Center et al
ORDER ADOPTING 7 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS in full. This dismissal counts as a strike pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 1915(g). Any appeal of this decision would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge Brian Morris on 2/14/2018. Mailed to Stops (TAG)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA
GREAT FALLS DIVISION
MALACHI DEAN STOPS,
CORE CIVIC SERVICES –
CENTER (SHELBY, MT); CCCWARDEN DOUGLAS FENDER;
BAMKE, in their individual and
Plaintiff Malachi Stops (Stops) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se. Stops
filed his original Complaint on June 20, 2017. (Doc. 2). The named Defendants are
Core Civic Services — Crossroads Correctional Center; and CCC Correctional
Officer Bamke. (Doc. 6 at 1). Stops alleges that Officer Bamke assaulted him at
the Crossroad Correctional Center on January 9, 2017. Stops alleges that while he
was attempting to lower the volume on the metal detector, Officer Bamke
approached him in a threatening manner and struck him a single time with his hand
in the right shoulder area. Officer Bamke then told Stops not to touch the metal
detector again. Stops alleges that the Defendants violated his constitutional rights
in contravention of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
United States Magistrate Judge John Johnston conducted an initial screening
of Stops’s Complaint under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 on June 28, 2017. (Doc. 4). Judge
Johnston determined that the Complaint failed to state a claim upon which relief
may be granted. (Doc. 4 at 6). Judge Johnston explained why the Complaint failed
to state a cognizable claim for relief under federal law. (Doc. 4 at 5-8). Judge
Johnston gave Stops an opportunity to cure the defects in his Complaint. Judge
Johnston directed Stops to file an Amended Complaint on or before July 28, 2017.
(Doc. 4 at 14). Stops filed an Amended Complaint on August 3, 2017. Stops failed
to correct, however, the deficiencies in his original Complaint. (Doc. 6).
Judge Johnston issued Findings and Recommendations in this matter on
January 22, 2018. (Doc. 7). Judge Johnston recommended that Stops’s Amended
Complaint be dismissed for failure to state a federal claim. (Doc. 7 at 7). Stops did
not file objections to Judge Johnston’s Findings and Recommendations.
The Court has reviewed Judge Johnston’s Findings and Recommendations
for clear error. McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Commodore Bus. Mach., Inc., 656
F.2d 1309, 1313 (9th Cir. 1981). The Court finds no error in Judge Johnston’s
Findings and Recommendations, and adopts them in full.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED:
Stops’s Amended Complaint (Doc. 6) is DISMISSED with prejudice.
The filing of this action counts as one strike for failure to state a claim
upon which relief may be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
Any appeal of this decision would not be taken in good faith as
Stops’s claims lack arguable substance in law or fact.
The Clerk is directed to enter judgment accordingly.
DATED this 14th day of February, 2018.
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