Williams v. Cookeville Police Department
MEMORANDUM OPINION OF THE COURT. Signed by District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr on 2/1/17. (xc:Pro se party by regular and certified mail.)(DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(am)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
TERESA ANNETTE WILLIAMS
COOKEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ]
The Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, is a resident of Cookeville, Tennessee. She brings this
action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Cookeville Police Department, seeking injunctive
relief and damages.
The Plaintiff claims that the defendant has placed falsified criminal charges in her record
which appear when potential employers run a background check on her. She believes that this is a
violation of her constitutional rights and wants the falsified charges expunged from her record.
To establish a claim for § 1983 relief, the Plaintiff must plead and prove that a person or
persons, while acting under color of state law, deprived her of some right guaranteed by the
Constitution or laws of the United States. Parratt v. Taylor, 451 U.S. 527, 535 (1981).
A local police department is not a “person” subject to liability under § 1983. Petty v. County
of Franklin, Ohio, 478 F.3d 341, 347 (6th Cir. 2007). Of course, giving this pro se pleading a liberal
construction, the Court could construe the Complaint as an attempt to state a claim against the City
of Cookeville, the entity responsible for the operation of the Cookeville Police Department.
However, for the City of Cookeville to be liable, the Plaintiff would have to allege and prove that
her constitutional rights were violated pursuant to a “policy statement, ordinance, regulation or
decision officially adopted and promulgated” by the city. Monell v. Department of Social Services,
436 U.S. 658, 689-690 (1978). No such allegation appears in the Complaint.
Therefore, the Plaintiff has failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Under
such circumstances, the Court is obliged to dismiss the Complaint sua sponte. 28 U.S.C. §
An appropriate order will be entered.
WAVERLY D. CRENSHAW, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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