Richard D. Danese

Badge #12075, White Male, 43
Former Police Officer at 79th Precinct
Also served in: 120th Precinct
Service started July 2004, ended October 2021

Substantiated Allegations:
Force: Chokehold
Force: Other
Force: Other blunt instrument as a club
Force: Physical force (2)
Abuse of Authority: Question
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
Discourtesy: Word


Lawsuit settlements:
$30,000   Durham, Ifeanyi, et Al vs City of New York, et al., 2021 EDNY EDNY 21CV00822
$77,500   Dennis, Darrell vs City of New York et al., 2016 KCSC KCSC 510385/2016
$50,000   Weatherspoon, Darrell vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV04971
$20,000   Jordan, Moesha vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV01876
$55,000   Pajoohi, Ashkahn vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV01937
$55,000   Dutchin, Michelle vs City of New York, et al., 2013 EDNY EDNY 13CV06874
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Complaints

38 Allegations
8 Substantiated
9 Complaints
6 Substantiated (Charges)
1 Substantiated (Formalized Training)
1 Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions)
3 Alleged Victim Unavailable
4 Alleged Victim Uncooperative
4 Closed - Pending Litigation
1 Complainant Uncooperative
10 Exonerated
3 Unfounded
5 Unsubstantiated

October 2018 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name
Complainant: Male
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Unavailable
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide shield number
Complainant: Male
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Unavailable
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide shield number
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide shield number
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions)
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Female, 47
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
NYPD Conclusion: Instructions
additional details

May 2018 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 26
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
additional details

May 2018 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Male, 50
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Unavailable
additional details

April 2018 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 53
CCRB Conclusion: Closed - Pending Litigation
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 53
CCRB Conclusion: Closed - Pending Litigation
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 53
CCRB Conclusion: Closed - Pending Litigation
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male, 53
CCRB Conclusion: Closed - Pending Litigation
additional details

October 2015 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Formalized Training)
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

July 2015 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Force: Other blunt instrument as a club
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Offensive Language: Gender
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Force: Chokehold
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Force: Other
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to obtain medical treatment
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Not guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Not guilty
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

January 2015 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Male, 28
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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October 2007 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Male
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Uncooperative
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Other
Complainant: Male
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Uncooperative
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Other
Complainant: Male
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Uncooperative
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Other
Complainant: Male
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Uncooperative
additional details

July 2006 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 18
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Black Male, 16
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 18
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
Complainant: Black Male, 16
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
additional details

October 2018 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name Male Alleged Victim Unavailable
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide shield number Male Alleged Victim Unavailable
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide shield number Unfounded
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide shield number Unfounded
Discourtesy: Word Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions)
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search Black Female, 47 Unsubstantiated
NYPD Conclusion: Instructions
additional details
May 2018 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search Hispanic Male, 21 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop Hispanic Male, 21 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Hispanic Male, 21 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Hispanic Male, 26 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 21 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male Exonerated
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May 2018 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Male, 50 Alleged Victim Unavailable
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April 2018 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 53 Closed - Pending Litigation
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 53 Closed - Pending Litigation
Force: Physical force Black Male, 53 Closed - Pending Litigation
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male, 53 Closed - Pending Litigation
additional details
October 2015 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Question Black Male, 35 Substantiated (Formalized Training)
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
July 2015 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
Force: Other blunt instrument as a club Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
Offensive Language: Gender Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male, 21 Exonerated
Force: Chokehold Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
Force: Physical force Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
Force: Other Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to obtain medical treatment Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
Force: Physical force Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Not guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Not guilty
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
January 2015 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Male, 28 Complainant Uncooperative
additional details
October 2007 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Male Alleged Victim Uncooperative
Abuse of Authority: Other Male Alleged Victim Uncooperative
Abuse of Authority: Other Male Alleged Victim Uncooperative
Abuse of Authority: Other Male Alleged Victim Uncooperative
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July 2006 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 18 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop Black Male, 16 Exonerated
Force: Physical force Black Male, 18 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Black Male, 16 Unfounded
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Conclusion Meanings:

'Exonerated': or 'Within NYPD Guidelines' - the alleged conduct occurred but did not violate the NYPD's own rules, which often give officers significant discretion.
'Substantiated': The alleged conduct occurred and it violated the rules. The NYPD has discretion over what, if any, discipline is imposed.
'Unfounded': Evidence suggests that the event or alleged conduct did not occur.
'Unsubstantiated': or 'Unable to Determine' - 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 6 known lawsuits, $287,500 total settlements.

Durham, Ifeanyi, et Al vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 21CV00822, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 23, 2021, ended October 20, 2021
$30,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: On March 29, 2018 at approximately 10 pm, plaintiffs Durham and Cinque, who had been lawfully out in the streets, were chased by defendant Danese, then knocked to the ground and dragged as they stood with their hands up in surrender, seized, cuffed, searched, and taken to the precinct for processing even though they had committed no crime. Plaintiffs did not resist and did not behave in a manner that endangered others. Danese arrested plaintiffs and transported them to a police precinct. Plantiffs were transported to Central Booking and arraigned on charges based on fabricated claims by defendant that were communicated to the District Attorney's Office; all charges were later dismissed and sealed.

Dennis, Darrell vs City of New York et al.
Case # 510385/2016, Supreme Court - Kings, June 30, 2016, ended April 4, 2017
$77,500 Settlement

Weatherspoon, Darrell vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV04971, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, September 2, 2014, ended February 3, 2016
$50,000 Settlement

Jordan, Moesha vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV01876, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, April 3, 2014, ended September 9, 2014
$20,000 Settlement

Pajoohi, Ashkahn vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV01937, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, April 3, 2014, ended March 12, 2015
$55,000 Settlement

Dutchin, Michelle vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 13CV06874, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, December 6, 2013, ended June 17, 2014
$55,000 Settlement

District Attorney Disclosure Letter

Brooklyn DA Disclosure Letter references additional CCRB case 20180884 and additional lawsuits 12CV5061, 10CV2404, 09CV904, 08CV2405, 08CV913