BAILEY v. NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT No. 93-CV-1281 (JG).
910 F.Supp. 116 (1996)
Fruitquan R. BAILEY, Plaintiff, v. NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, et al., Defendants.
United States District Court, E.D. New York.
January 10, 1996.
Fruitquan R. Bailey, Stormville, NY, pro se.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
GLEESON, District Judge:
Fruitquan R. Bailey ("Bailey") commenced this suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 seeking damages for violation of his constitutional rights. Originally, Bailey claimed that the New York City Police Department ("the Police Department"), the New York City Department of Corrections ("the Department of Corrections"), and various individuals were responsible for his false arrest and malicious prosecution. However, on September 24, 1993, Bailey's suit against the individual defendants was dismissed upon a motion of the defendants. Bailey's suit remained against the Police Department and the Department of Corrections.
The complaint alleges that Bailey was falsely arrested and incarcerated at Rikers Island on February 11, 1992, where, after four days of incarceration, another inmate slashed his face. Later that day, Bailey, who had not yet been indicted, was released from custody on his own recognizance. The case against Bailey was subsequently dismissed on March 27, 1992.
Defendants argue that the Police Department and the Department of Corrections are not entities that can sue or be sued and that even if Bailey intended to sue the City of New York, he has failed to allege that the violation of his constitutional rights was caused by a policy of custom of the City.
If Bailey intended to sue the City of New York, he was required to allege that the violation of his constitutional rights was caused by an official custom, practice, or policy promulgated by a municipal policy maker. City of Oklahoma City v. Tuttle,
For the reasons stated above, this case is dismissed against the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Corrections. The Clerk of the Court is advised that this Order closes the case.
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