United States District Court, District of Columbia
May 6, 2014
DAVID LEWIS TURNER, JR., Plaintiff,
GEORGETOWN MINISTRY CENTER, Defendant.
This matter comes before the court on review of plaintiff s application to proceed in forma pauperis and pro se civil complaint. The Court will grant the application, and dismiss the complaint.
According to plaintiff, defendant barred him from its premises on April 13, 2014. Compl. at 1. This action allegedly occurred because plaintiff previously made a complaint "against a visitor by the name of Charles who had indecently exposed [himself] to [plaintiff]." Id. Plaintiff demands damages of $170, 000. Id. at 2.
Federal district courts have jurisdiction in civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws or treaties of the United States. See 28 U.S.C. § 1331. In addition, federal district courts have jurisdiction over civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds $75, 000, and the suit is between citizens of different states. See 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a). Plaintiffs vague allegations of "decrimination [sic] by the Georgetown Minitry [sic] Center" and "violation of human right, " id. at 2, fall far short of stating a viable constitutional claim. And, notwithstanding his demand for damages far in excess of $75, 000, plaintiff does not establish diversity of citizenship.
Accordingly, the complaint will be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.