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Hoskins v. IPD

United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division

February 23, 2015

HOMER E. HOSKINS, Plaintiff,
v.
IPD, Defendant.

ENTRY DENYING MOTION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS, DISCUSSING COMPLAINT, AND DIRECTING FURTHER PROCEEDINGS.

Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, Judge United States District Court

I. Motion to proceed in forma pauperis

The plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis [dkt. 2] is denied without prejudice because although it is difficult to read, it appears that the plaintiff has sufficient resources to pay the filing fee for this action. The plaintiff shall have through March 6, 2015, in which to either a) renew and supplement his motion to proceed in forma pauperis by clarifying his financial circumstances, or b) pay the $400.00 filing fee to the clerk of the court.

The plaintiff’s motion [dkt. 3] is denied because that motion seeks no relief from this Court.

II. Screening

The complaint is subject to the screening requirement of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B). This statute requires the Court to dismiss a complaint or claim within a complaint if it is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim for relief, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief.

In his complaint, the plaintiff sues “IPD, ” presumably the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, for failing to arrest someone that the plaintiff alleges stole his property. But in Indiana, municipal police departments “are not suable entities.” See Sow v. Fortville Police Dept, 636 F.3d 293, 300 (7th Cir. 2011). Further, the Seventh Circuit does not recognize a claim for “inadequate police investigatory work” in the absence of some other recognized constitutional violation. Lyons v. Adams, 257 F.Supp.2d 1125, 1135 (N.D. Ill. 2003) (citing Jacobson v. National R.R. Passenger Corp., No. 97 C 6012, 1999 WL 1101299, at *10 (N.D.Ill. Nov.29, 1999); Washington v. Godinez, No. 95 C 7612, 1996 WL 599055, at *3 (N.D.Ill. Oct.17, 1996) (“[T]here is no constitutional right to an investigation by a police officer unless another recognized constitutional right is involved.”)).

Without a viable defendant and facts that support a legal claim, the complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. As presented, the complaint must be dismissed.

The plaintiff shall have through March 6, 2015, in which to show cause why this action should not be dismissed. Luevano v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 722 F.3d 1014, 1022 (7th Cir. 2013) (“Without at least an opportunity to amend or to respond to an order to show cause, an IFP applicant’s case could be tossed out of court without giving the applicant any timely notice or opportunity to be heard to clarify, contest, or simply request leave to amend.”). If he fails to do so, the action will be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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