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Bressi v. Brennen

United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania

September 13, 2019

AARON J. BRESSI, Plaintiff,
v.
JEFFREY BRENNEN, et al., Defendants.

          Saporito Magistrate Judge.

          ORDER

          Matthew W. Brann United States District Judge.

         Aaron J. Bressi filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint alleging that numerous Defendants violated his constitutional rights.[1] In 2018, Magistrate Judge Joseph F. Saporito, Jr., issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that this Court dismiss Bressi's complaint.[2] Magistrate Judge Saporito noted that three of Bressi's claims were barred by the statute of limitations, six were barred by the favorable termination rule, two failed to state a claim as a matter of law, and an excessive force claim was not supported by sufficient factual averments.[3] This Court adopted the recommendation and dismissed the complaint.[4] Given the nature of the procedural bars to several of Bressi's claims, this Court “granted leave to amend only the excessive force claim that has dismissed without prejudice.”[5]

         Bressi duly filed his amended complaint in which he expanded upon his excessive force claim, but also reasserted several claims that the Court did not grant leave to amend.[6] As to the excessive force claim, Bressi asserted that, for no apparent reason, Officer Jeffrey Brennan “[w]rapped his hands around my neck from my right side, and slammed me up against the concre[]te cinder block wall . . .”[7]Because the amended complaint exceeded the scope of amendment permitted by the Court, Magistrate Judge Saporito struck all claims except the excessive force claim.[8]

         In August 2019, Magistrate Judge Saporito issued a second Report and Recommendation recommending that this Court grant Defendants' motion to dismiss and dismiss Bressi's excessive force claim.[9] Specifically, Magistrate Judge Saporito concluded that Bressi's complaint asserts only a de minimis use of force, which is insufficient to support an excessive force claim.[10]

         Bressi filed timely objections to the Report and Recommendation, asserting that portions of his amended complaint should not have been stricken, and asserting-in conclusory fashion-that Brennan used excessive force.[11] “If a party objects timely to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation, the district court must ‘make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made.'”[12] Regardless of whether timely objections are made, district courts may accept, reject, or modify-in whole or in part-the magistrate judge's findings or recommendations.[13]

         Upon de novo review of Magistrate Judge Saporito's Report and Recommendation, the Court finds no error in the conclusion that Bressi has failed to state a claim for excessive force.[14] Moreover, because it is clear that amendment would be futile, that claim will be dismissed with prejudice.[15] The Court further finds no error in Magistrate Judge Saporito's earlier order striking portions of Bressi's amended complaint that exceeded the scope of amendment authorized by this Court. Consequently, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Magistrate Judge Joseph F. Saporito, Jr.'s Report and Recommendation (Doc. 73) is ADOPTED in its entirety;
2. Defendants' motion to dismiss (Doc. 48) is GRANTED and Bressi's amended complaint is DISMISSED with prejudice; and
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case.

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Notes:

[1] Doc. 1.

[2] Doc. 41.


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