Johnson v. City of New York

Filing 5

ORDER OF SERVICE: The Clerk of Court is instructed to issue summonses, complete the USM-285 forms with the addresses for the City of New York; P.O. Jaylene Rodriguez, Shield #12800, NYPD, 41st Precinct; and Sgt. Jose Rosa, Tax Reg. # 42474, Serg eant Desk Officer, 41st Precinct, and deliver all documents necessary to effect service to the U.S. Marshals Service. The Clerk of Court is directed to mail a copy of this order and the complaint to the New York City Law Department at: 100 Church S treet, New York, New York 10007. The Clerk of Court is further directed to mail a copy of this order to Plaintiff, together with an information package. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Vernon S. Broderick on 1/11/2022) (rro) Transmission to Pro Se Assistants for processing.

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Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 1 of 11 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK GLENN JOHNSON, Plaintiff, -againstCITY OF NEW YORK; P.O. JAYLENE RODRIGUEZ, SHIELD #12800, NYPD, 41st PRECINCT; SGT. JOSE ROSA, TAX REG. # 42474, SERGEANT DESK OFFICER, 41st PRECINCT; P.O. JOHN DOE, NYPD, 41st PRECINCT; P.O. JOHN DOE, NYPD, 41st PRECINCT, 21-CV-10535 (VSB) ORDER OF SERVICE Defendants. VERNON S. BRODERICK, United States District Judge: Plaintiff, who is appearing pro se, brings this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging he that was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and falsely imprisoned. By order dated January 10, 2022, the Court granted Plaintiff’s request to proceed without prepayment of fees, that is, in forma pauperis (IFP). DISCUSSION A. Service on the City of New York; P.O. Jaylene Rodriguez, Shield #12800, NYPD, 41st Precinct; and Sgt. Jose Rosa, Tax Reg. # 42474, Sergeant Desk Officer, 41st Precinct Because Plaintiff has been granted permission to proceed IFP, Plaintiff is entitled to rely on the Court and the U.S. Marshals Service to effect service. Walker v. Schult, 717 F.3d. 119, 123 n.6 (2d Cir. 2013); see also 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d) (“The officers of the court shall issue and serve all process . . . in [IFP] cases.”); Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(3) (the court must order the Marshals Service to serve if the plaintiff is authorized to proceed IFP)). Although Rule 4(m) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure generally requires that summonses and the complaint be served within Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 2 of 11 90 days of the date the complaint is filed, Plaintiff is proceeding IFP and could not have served summonses and the complaint until the Court reviewed the complaint and ordered that summonses be issued. The Court therefore extends the time to serve until 90 days after the date summonses are issued. If the complaint is not served within that time, Plaintiff should request an extension of time for service. See Meilleur v. Strong, 682 F.3d 56, 63 (2d Cir. 2012) (holding that it is the plaintiff’s responsibility to request an extension of time for service); see also Murray v. Pataki, 378 F. App’x 50, 52 (2d Cir. 2010) (“As long as the [plaintiff proceeding IFP] provides the information necessary to identify the defendant, the Marshals’ failure to effect service automatically constitutes ‘good cause’ for an extension of time within the meaning of Rule 4(m).”). To allow Plaintiff to effect service on Defendants the City of New York; P.O. Jaylene Rodriguez, Shield #12800, NYPD, 41st Precinct; and Sgt. Jose Rosa, Tax Reg. # 42474, Sergeant Desk Officer, 41st Precinct, through the U.S. Marshals Service, the Clerk of Court is instructed to fill out a U.S. Marshals Service Process Receipt and Return form (“USM-285 form”) for each of these defendants. The Clerk of Court is further instructed to issue summonses and deliver to the Marshals Service all the paperwork necessary for the Marshals Service to effect service upon these defendants. Plaintiff must notify the Court in writing if his address changes, and the Court may dismiss the action if Plaintiff fails to do so. B. John Doe Defendants Under Valentin v. Dinkins, a pro se litigant is entitled to assistance from the district court in identifying a defendant. 121 F.3d 72, 76 (2d Cir. 1997). In the complaint, Plaintiff supplies sufficient information to permit the New York City Police Department, to identify the two John Doe police officers involved in Plaintiff’s October 8, 2020 arrest. It is therefore ordered that the 2 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 3 of 11 New York City Law Department, which is the attorney for and agent of the New York City Police Department, must ascertain the identity and badge number of each John Doe whom Plaintiff seeks to sue here and the address where the defendants may be served. The New York City Law Department must provide this information to Plaintiff and the Court within sixty days of the date of this order. Within thirty days of receiving this information, Plaintiff must file an amended complaint naming the John Doe defendants. The amended complaint will replace, not supplement, the original complaint. An amended complaint form that Plaintiff should complete is attached to this order. Once Plaintiff has filed an amended complaint, the Court will screen the amended complaint and, if necessary, issue an order directing the Clerk of Court to complete the USM-285 forms with the addresses for the named John Doe Defendants and deliver all documents necessary to effect service to the U.S. Marshals Service. CONCLUSION The Clerk of Court is instructed to issue summonses, complete the USM-285 forms with the addresses for the City of New York; P.O. Jaylene Rodriguez, Shield #12800, NYPD, 41st Precinct; and Sgt. Jose Rosa, Tax Reg. # 42474, Sergeant Desk Officer, 41st Precinct, and deliver all documents necessary to effect service to the U.S. Marshals Service. The Clerk of Court is directed to mail a copy of this order and the complaint to the New York City Law Department at: 100 Church Street, New York, New York 10007. 3 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 4 of 11 The Clerk of Court is further directed to mail a copy of this order to Plaintiff, together with an information package. SO ORDERED. Dated: January 11, 2022 New York, New York VERNON S. BRODERICK United States District Judge 4 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 5 of 11 DEFENDANTS AND SERVICE ADDRESSES City of New York 100 Church Street New York, New York 10007 P.O. Jaylene Rodriguez, Shield #12800 NYPD, 41st Precinct 1035 Longwood Avenue Bronx, New York 10459 Sgt. Jose Rosa, Tax Reg. # 42474 Sergeant Desk Officer, 41st Precinct 1035 Longwood Avenue Bronx, New York 10459 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 6 of 11 U NITED S TATES D ISTRICT C OURT S OUTHERN D ISTRICT OF N EW Y ORK _____CV_______________ (Include case number if one has been assigned) Write the full name of each plaintiff. AMENDED -against- COMPLAINT (Prisoner) Do you want a jury trial? Yes No Write the full name of each defendant. If you cannot fit the names of all of the defendants in the space provided, please write “see attached” in the space above and attach an additional sheet of paper with the full list of names. The names listed above must be identical to those contained in Section IV. NOTICE The public can access electronic court files. For privacy and security reasons, papers filed with the court should therefore not contain: an individual’s full social security number or full birth date; the full name of a person known to be a minor; or a complete financial account number. A filing may include only: the last four digits of a social security number; the year of an individual’s birth; a minor’s initials; and the last four digits of a financial account number. See Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2. Rev. 5/20/16 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 7 of 11 I. LEGAL BASIS FOR CLAIM State below the federal legal basis for your claim, if known. This form is designed primarily for prisoners challenging the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement; those claims are often brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (against state, county, or municipal defendants) or in a “Bivens” action (against federal defendants). Violation of my federal constitutional rights Other: II. PLAINTIFF INFORMATION Each plaintiff must provide the following information. Attach additional pages if necessary. First Name Middle Initial Last Name State any other names (or different forms of your name) you have ever used, including any name you have used in previously filing a lawsuit. Prisoner ID # (if you have previously been in another agency’s custody, please specify each agency and the ID number (such as your DIN or NYSID) under which you were held) Current Place of Detention Institutional Address County, City III. State Zip Code PRISONER STATUS Indicate below whether you are a prisoner or other confined person: Pretrial detainee Civilly committed detainee Immigration detainee Convicted and sentenced prisoner Other: Page 2 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 8 of 11 IV. DEFENDANT INFORMATION To the best of your ability, provide the following information for each defendant. If the correct information is not provided, it could delay or prevent service of the complaint on the defendant. Make sure that the defendants listed below are identical to those listed in the caption. Attach additional pages as necessary. Defendant 1: First Name Last Name Shield # Current Job Title (or other identifying information) Current Work Address County, City State Zip Code Defendant 2: First Name Last Name Shield # Current Job Title (or other identifying information) Current Work Address County, City State Zip Code Defendant 3: First Name Last Name Shield # Current Job Title (or other identifying information) Current Work Address County, City State Zip Code Defendant 4: First Name Last Name Shield # Current Job Title (or other identifying information) Current Work Address County, City State Zip Code Page 3 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 9 of 11 V. STATEMENT OF CLAIM Place(s) of occurrence: Date(s) of occurrence: FACTS: State here briefly the FACTS that support your case. Describe what happened, how you were harmed, and how each defendant was personally involved in the alleged wrongful actions. Attach additional pages as necessary. Page 4 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 10 of 11 INJURIES: If you were injured as a result of these actions, describe your injuries and what medical treatment, if any, you required and received. VI. RELIEF State briefly what money damages or other relief you want the court to order. Page 5 Case 1:21-cv-10535-VSB Document 5 Filed 01/11/22 Page 11 of 11 VII. PLAINTIFF’S CERTIFICATION AND WARNINGS By signing below, I certify to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief that: (1) the complaint is not being presented for an improper purpose (such as to harass, cause unnecessary delay, or needlessly increase the cost of litigation); (2) the claims are supported by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument to change existing law; (3) the factual contentions have evidentiary support or, if specifically so identified, will likely have evidentiary support after a reasonable opportunity for further investigation or discovery; and (4) the complaint otherwise complies with the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11. I understand that if I file three or more cases while I am a prisoner that are dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim, I may be denied in forma pauperis status in future cases. I also understand that prisoners must exhaust administrative procedures before filing an action in federal court about prison conditions, 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a), and that my case may be dismissed if I have not exhausted administrative remedies as required. I agree to provide the Clerk's Office with any changes to my address. I understand that my failure to keep a current address on file with the Clerk's Office may result in the dismissal of my case. Each Plaintiff must sign and date the complaint. Attach additional pages if necessary. If seeking to proceed without prepayment of fees, each plaintiff must also submit an IFP application. Dated First Name Plaintiff’s Signature Middle Initial Last Name Prison Address County, City State Zip Code Date on which I am delivering this complaint to prison authorities for mailing: Page 6

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