'Exonerated': or 'Within NYPD Guidelines' - The alleged conduct occurred but did not violate the NYPD's own rules, which often give officers significant discretion.
'Unfounded': Evidence suggests that the event or alleged conduct did not occur.
Further details on conclusion definitions.
Balde, Ibrahima vs Rickford, Christopher, et al.
Case # 17CV01846,
U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, March 13, 2017, ended June 12, 2019
The plaintiff was on the street when he witnessed an altercation between a drug dealer and two others. The defendant officers approached and one of the other people accused the plaintiff of having taken money from him. The plaintiff explained to the defendant officers that he had run away when he saw the fight occur, but the plaintiff was placed under arrest anyway and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and robbery in the second degree. The charges were dismissed and sealed.