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Harper v. Volner

United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Jonesboro Division

January 8, 2018

DELOSANGELES HARPER PLAINTIFF
v.
VOLNER DEFENDANT

          PROPOSED FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION

         INSTRUCTIONS

         The following proposed Findings and Recommendation have been sent to United States District Judge James M. Moody Jr. You may file written objections to all or part of this Recommendation. If you do so, those objections must: (1) specifically explain the factual and/or legal basis for your objection, and (2) be received by the Clerk of this Court within fourteen (14) days of this Recommendation. By not objecting, you may waive the right to appeal questions of fact.

         DISPOSITION

         Plaintiff Delosangeles Harper filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on November 6, 2017, while incarcerated at the Craighead County Detention Facility (Doc. No. 1). Harper was subsequently granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis on November 27, 2017, and ordered to file an amended complaint describing who he intended to sue and how he was injured by the defendant's actions. See Doc. No. 4. Harper was also instructed to describe specific facts to show how the defendant violated his constitutional rights. Id. Harper filed an amended complaint on December 5, 2017. See Doc. No. 5. For the reasons stated herein, Harper's claims should be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

         I. Screening Standard

         Before docketing the complaint, or as soon thereafter as practicable, the Court must review the complaint to identify cognizable claims or dismiss the complaint if it: (1) is frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires only “a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” In Bell Atlantic Corporation v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007), the Court stated, “a plaintiff's obligation to provide the ‘grounds' of his ‘entitle[ment] to relief' requires more than labels and conclusions, and a formulaic recitation of the elements of a cause of action will not do. . . . Factual allegations must be enough to raise a right to relief above the speculative level, ” citing 5 C. Wright & A. Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure § 1216, pp. 235-236 (3d ed. 2004). A complaint must contain enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face, not merely conceivable. Twombly at 570. However, a pro se plaintiff's allegations must be construed liberally. Burke v. North Dakota Dept. of Corr. & Rehab., 294 F.3d 1043, 1043-1044 (8th Cir.2002) (citations omitted).

         II. Analysis

         Harper seeks compensation for medical negligence and abuse of authority because Officer A. Volner allegedly told a nurse to send his HIV medications to the jail, and these medications are expensive. See Doc. No. 5 at 3-4. The very few facts provided by Harper are insufficient to state a constitutional claim. To state a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, a plaintiff must allege that the conduct of a defendant acting under color of state law deprived him of a right, privilege, or immunity secured by the United States Constitution or by federal law. 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Harper does not identify any constitutional right that has been violated, [1] and he does not state how he has been injured.[2] Further, even if he alleged facts that described medical negligence, the Eighth Circuit has held that to state an Eighth Amendment inadequate medical care claim, a “prisoner must show more than negligence, more even than gross negligence, and mere disagreement with treatment decisions does not rise to the level of a constitutional violation.” Estate of Rosenberg by Rosenberg v. Crandell, 56 F.3d 35, 37 (8th Cir. 1995).

         III. Conclusion

         For the reasons stated herein, it is recommended that:

1. Harper's complaint be dismissed without prejudice for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
2. Dismissal of this action count as a “strike” within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
3. The Court certify, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an in forma pauperis appeal from the order adopting this recommendation ...

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