Bric v. Humphreys County, Tennessee et al
MEMORANDUM signed by District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr on 3/2/2017. (xc:Pro se party by regular and certified mail.)(DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(hb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
BRIAN M. BRIC
SHERIFF OF HUMPHREYS COUNTY,
The Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, is a pre-trial detainee at the Montgomery County Jail in
Clarksville, Tennessee. He brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the unnamed
Sheriff of Humphreys County and four John Doe deputies under his command, seeking injunctive
relief and damages.
In November, 2015, the Plaintiff was arrested by members of the Humphreys County
Sheriff’s Department. During the arrest, the Plaintiff claims that he was shot and wounded three
times as he attempted to surrender to the police. The Plaintiff further claims that, as he lay on the
ground, a deputy kicked him in the face, shattering his cheekbone. The Plaintiff believes that the
officers used excessive force to arrest him.
The Complaint arrived in the Clerk’s Office on February 22, 2017. The Plaintiff’s claims
arose when he was arrested on November 13, 2015. Thus, it appears that this action is time-barred
The Plaintiff has not named anyone specifically as a defendant in the Complaint.
However, in his Motion (Doc. No. 3) for the appointment of counsel, the Plaintiff states “I do not
know who to list as the defendants at this time.” He does later acknowledge that he will name the
Sheriff of Humphreys County and at least four John Doe deputies as defendants.
by the one year statute of limitations imposed upon civil rights claims brought in Tennessee.
Merriweather v. City of Memphis, 107 F.3d 396, 398 (6th Cir.1997). Nothing in the Complaint
suggests that the statute should be tolled so as to permit the untimely filing of the Complaint.
The Court, therefore, concludes that the Plaintiff has failed to state a claim upon which relief
can be granted because this action is untimely. Dellis v. Corrections Corp. of America, 257 F.3d
508, 511 (6th Cir.2001)(sua sponte dismissal of an untimely prisoner complaint is appropriate).
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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