Steven L. Franzel

Badge #3573, White Male
Sergeant at Narcotics Borough Queens South since July 2021
Service started January 2008, made $158,000 last year, active

Substantiated Allegations:
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)


Lawsuit settlements:
$35,000   Morris-mendoza, Eric vs City of New York, et al., 2018 EDNY EDNY 18CV04127
$8,500   Lewis, Angelique vs City of New York, et al., 2017 EDNY EDNY 17CV00066
$15,000   Jones, Terry vs City of New York, et al., 2015 EDNY EDNY 15CV00573
$45,000   Britton et al v. The City Of New York et al, 2015 EDNY EDNY 15CV06710
$12,500   Mcfadden, Sean vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV06940
$85,000   Tencati-soverall, Nicholas vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV01552
$40,000   Glenn, Shakeeba vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 13CV06875
$55,000   Callahan, Rayquan vs City of New York, et al., 2013 EDNY EDNY 13CV03607
$12,000   Moore, David vs City of New York, et al., 2013 EDNY EDNY 12CV05480
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Complaints

11 Allegations
1 Substantiated
6 Complaints
1 Substantiated (Command Discipline B)
1 Complainant Unavailable
1 Complainant Uncooperative
8 Unsubstantiated

April 2020 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline B)
additional details

February 2017 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
additional details

May 2013 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 17
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable
additional details

December 2012 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: White Female, 37
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

January 2012 Complaint
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Female, 33
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
additional details

April 2011 Complaint
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 26
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
additional details

April 2020 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Substantiated (Command Discipline B)
additional details
February 2017 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Question Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male Unsubstantiated
additional details
May 2013 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Male, 17 Complainant Unavailable
additional details
December 2012 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number White Female, 37 Unsubstantiated
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
January 2012 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Female, 33 Unsubstantiated
additional details
April 2011 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 26 Complainant Uncooperative
additional details

Conclusion Meanings:

'Substantiated': The alleged conduct occurred and it violated the rules. The NYPD has discretion over what, if any, discipline is imposed.
'Unsubstantiated': CCRB has fully investigated but could not affirmatively conclude both that the conduct occurred and that it broke the rules.

Further details on conclusion definitions.


Lawsuits

Named in 14 known lawsuits, $308,000 total settlements.

Bartholomew, Lavon vs City of New York
Case # 21CV03729, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, August 12, 2021

Remy, Syndie, et Al vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 20CV06189, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, December 22, 2020

Hamm, Thomas vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 517034/2019, Supreme Court - Kings, August 16, 2019

Morris-mendoza, Eric vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 18CV04127, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, July 24, 2018, ended June 27, 2019
$35,000 Settlement
Description: The Plaintiff was inside the premises of a commercial location when the defendant officers of the NYPD entered brandishing weapons - seized, handcuffed, and arrested plaintiff. The plaintiff was transported to a local precinct station house. The Defendant Franzel convinced the KCDA to prosecute the Plaintiff on multiple charges of gun possession and one count of criminally possessing gambling records. After the imprisonment of the Plaintiff, the charged were dismissed.

Lewis, Angelique vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 17CV00066, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, January 11, 2017, ended February 20, 2020
$8,500 Settlement

Gibson, Daquinn vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 008224/2015, Supreme Court - Kings, July 2, 2015

Jones, Terry vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 15CV00573, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 9, 2015, ended December 21, 2015
$15,000 Settlement
Amended Complaint
Description: Plaintiff was sitting on his stoop eating when Defendant undercover officers approached him, asked him what he was doing, and when he replied "minding my own business" they then grabbed him, threw him to the ground, and handcuffed him. Plaintiff was brought to the 73rd Precinct and charged with Assaulting an Officer, which was eventually dismissed.

Britton et al v. The City Of New York et al
Case # 15CV06710, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, 2015
$45,000 Settlement
Amended Complaint, Complaint
Description: Defendant officers warrantlessly entered Plaintiff's home on multiple occasions searching for a suspect. On this occasion, defendant Sambolin created arrest paperwork in which he stated that the defendants had recovered a decorative sword, a machete, a gravity knife, and marijuana from the premises. DA declined to prosecute.

Mcfadden, Sean vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV06940, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, December 5, 2014, ended September 22, 2015
$12,500 Settlement
First Amended Complaint
Description: Defendant Officers approached Plaintiff after he pulled into his driveway and got out of his car, asked for his ID, became irate and assaulted Plaintiff. Plaintiff was taken to the 73rd Precinct and given a DAT, which was dismissed at arraignments.

Tencati-soverall, Nicholas vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV01552, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, March 14, 2014, ended March 25, 2015
$85,000 Settlement
Amended Complaint

Glenn, Shakeeba vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 13CV06875, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 25, 2014, ended February 27, 2015
$40,000 Settlement
Amended Complaint

Brice, Yves vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 011178/2013, Supreme Court - Kings, July 22, 2013

Callahan, Rayquan vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 13CV03607, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, June 26, 2013, ended January 22, 2014
$55,000 Settlement
First Amended Complaint, Stipulation
Description: Plaintiff was returning from a party in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn by subway with two friends. Shortly after exiting the rockaway avenue station of the C train, plaintiff and his friends happened to come across an acquaintance, Jevonte. Suddenly plaintiff and his friends and jevonte were stopped, questioned and frisked by several plainclothes officers from an unmarked car, including defendants Berardi, Franzel, and Sambolin. Plaintiff and two friends were not found to be in possession of contraband of any kind. Berardi noticed juvenile Jevonte holding midsection of his jacket as if he was secreting an object. Jevonte chose to run and was chased by Berardi. Plaintiff and his friends left the scene wh...

Moore, David vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 12CV05480, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, January 8, 2013, ended August 6, 2013
$12,000 Settlement
Stipulation, Second Amended Complaint

District Attorney Letter

Brooklyn DA Letter references additional lawsuit 17CV66