The opinion of the court was delivered by: Craig M. Kellison United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Pending before the court is plaintiff's complaint (Doc. 1). The court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a).
Plaintiff names three defendants: Rendon, Swett, and Hazewood. He claims that he has been physically attacked by defendant Swett on "more than one occasion." As to defendant Rendon, plaintiff alleges that he "orders officer Swett & others to assault me and degrade me beyond measure" and "to take my veg. lunches." Finally, as to defendant Hazewood, plaintiff claims that "Officer Hazewood gets my meals taken from me by Swett."
The complaint appears to state a cognizable claim for relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b).*fn1 If the allegations are proven, plaintiff has a reasonable opportunity to prevail on the merits of this action. The court, therefore, finds that service is appropriate and will direct service by the U.S. Marshal without pre-payment of costs. Plaintiff is informed, however, that this action cannot proceed further until plaintiff complies with this order. Plaintiff is warned that failure to comply with this order may result in dismissal of the action.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The court authorizes service on the following defendant(s): RENDON, SWETT, and HAZEWOOD;
2. The Clerk of the Court shall send plaintiff one USM-285 form for each defendant identified above, one summons, an instruction sheet, and a copy of the complaint; and
3. Within 30 days of the date of service of this order, plaintiff shall complete the attached Notice of Submission of Documents and submit the following documents to the court:
a. The completed Notice of Submission of Documents;
b. One completed summons;
c. Three completed USM-285 form(s); and
d. Four copies of the endorsed ...