Gary J. Messina

Service started January 1981, ended August 2022
White Male, 62

Substantiated Allegations:
Force: Push/Shove
Abuse of Authority: Other
Abuse of Authority: Property damaged
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Discourtesy: Curse

Complaints

95 Allegations
6 Substantiated
41 Complaints
4 Substantiated (Charges)
2 Substantiated (Instructions)
1 Alleged Victim Uncooperative
3 Complainant Unavailable
9 Complainant Uncooperative
4 Complaint Withdrawn
29 Exonerated
9 Unfounded
34 Unsubstantiated

December 2015 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to show search warrant
Complainant: Black Female, 56
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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August 2011 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Instructions)
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Instructions)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Penalty: No penalty
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May 2009 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Male
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

December 2008 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
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November 2008 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Female, 48
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: Black Female, 48
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
additional details

December 2007 Complaint
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Female
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
Allegation: Discourtesy: Action
Complainant: Female
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

July 2007 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 23
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Female, 28
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
additional details

June 2007 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
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January 2007 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
Complainant: Black Male, 16
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Black Male, 16
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
additional details

July 2006 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
additional details

June 2006 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Chokehold
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Offensive Language: Race
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
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November 2005 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Male, 17
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Male, 17
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Force: Chokehold
Complainant: Male, 17
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Strip-searched
Complainant: Male, 17
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
additional details

August 2004 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of summons
Complainant: Black Female, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

August 2004 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Strip-searched
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
additional details

May 2004 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 15
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Gun as club
Complainant: Black Male, 15
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Other
Complainant: Black Male, 15
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Gun Drawn
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
NYPD Conclusion: Filed
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April 2004 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Chokehold
Complainant: Black Male, 16
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 16
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Black Male, 16
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
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December 2003 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search
Complainant: Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
additional details

June 2003 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Male, 41
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search
Complainant: Black Male, 41
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search
Complainant: Black Male, 41
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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January 2003 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search
Complainant: Black Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 28
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Male, 28
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
additional details

January 2001 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: Female, 34
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

November 2000 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Property damaged
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 28
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details

October 1997 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Person Searched
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Nasty Words
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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September 1997 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Dragged/Pulled
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Other - Abuse
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
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July 1997 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Nasty Words
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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July 1997 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Other - Force
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
additional details

May 1997 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Arrest/D. A. T.
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Nasty Words
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
additional details

June 1996 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Premise Searched
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Rude Gesture
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
additional details

March 1996 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Push/Shove
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Punch/Kick
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Curse
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Rude Gesture
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
additional details

March 1996 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Push/Shove
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Property damaged
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
Allegation: Discourtesy: Curse
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
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July 1995 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Push/Shove
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Curse
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
additional details

March 1995 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Punch/Kick
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Other - Force
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Property damaged
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Premise Searched
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Property Seized
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Curse
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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December 1993 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Other - Force
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Other - Abuse
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable
Allegation: Discourtesy: Nasty Words
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable
additional details

July 1993 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Push/Shove
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Force: Other - Force
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Curse
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
additional details

May 1993 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Uncooperative
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September 1992 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Beat
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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November 1991 Complaint
Allegation: Offensive Language: Other - Ethnic Slur
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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March 1989 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Person Searched
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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October 1987 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Other - Force
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Nasty Words
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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May 1985 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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January 1983 Complaint
Allegation: Force
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
Allegation: Abuse of Authority
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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December 1982 Complaint
Allegation: Force
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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December 2015 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to show search warrant Black Female, 56 Unsubstantiated
additional details
August 2011 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 45 Substantiated (Instructions)
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search Black Male, 45 Substantiated (Instructions)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Penalty: No penalty
additional details
May 2009 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Male Complainant Uncooperative
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
December 2008 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male, 24 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 24 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest Black Male, 24 Exonerated
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November 2008 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search Black Female, 48 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number Black Female, 48 Unfounded
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December 2007 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Female Complaint Withdrawn
Discourtesy: Action Female Complaint Withdrawn
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
July 2007 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Male, 23 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search Black Female, 28 Exonerated
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June 2007 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 24 Exonerated
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January 2007 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Black Male, 16 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop Black Male, 16 Exonerated
additional details
July 2006 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched Exonerated
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June 2006 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Chokehold Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated
Offensive Language: Race Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated
Force: Physical force Black Male, 35 Exonerated
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November 2005 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Male, 17 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop Male, 17 Exonerated
Force: Chokehold Male, 17 Unfounded
Abuse of Authority: Strip-searched Male, 17 Unfounded
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August 2004 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of summons Black Female, 40 Complainant Uncooperative
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
August 2004 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Strip-searched Unfounded
Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop Exonerated
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May 2004 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Male, 15 Unsubstantiated
Force: Gun as club Black Male, 15 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Other Black Male, 15 Substantiated (Charges)
Abuse of Authority: Gun Drawn Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched Exonerated
NYPD Conclusion: Filed
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April 2004 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Chokehold Black Male, 16 Unfounded
Force: Physical force Black Male, 16 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop Black Male, 16 Exonerated
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December 2003 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Male, 40 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop Male, 40 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number Male, 40 Unfounded
Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search Male, 40 Exonerated
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June 2003 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search Black Male, 41 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search Black Male, 41 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search Black Male, 41 Unsubstantiated
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January 2003 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Frisk and/or search Black Male, 25 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 28 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle search Black Male, 28 Unsubstantiated
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January 2001 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest Female, 34 Complaint Withdrawn
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
November 2000 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Property damaged Hispanic Male, 28 Complainant Uncooperative
Abuse of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched Complainant Uncooperative
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
additional details
October 1997 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Person Searched Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Nasty Words Unsubstantiated
additional details
September 1997 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Dragged/Pulled Unfounded
Abuse of Authority: Other - Abuse Unfounded
additional details
July 1997 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Nasty Words Unsubstantiated
additional details
July 1997 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Other - Force Complaint Withdrawn
additional details
May 1997 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Arrest/D. A. T. Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Nasty Words Unsubstantiated
additional details
June 1996 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Premise Searched Exonerated
Discourtesy: Rude Gesture Unsubstantiated
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March 1996 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Push/Shove Unsubstantiated
Force: Punch/Kick Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Curse Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Rude Gesture Unsubstantiated
additional details
March 1996 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Push/Shove Substantiated (Charges)
Abuse of Authority: Property damaged Substantiated (Charges)
Discourtesy: Curse Substantiated (Charges)
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July 1995 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Push/Shove Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest Exonerated
Discourtesy: Curse Unfounded
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March 1995 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Punch/Kick Unsubstantiated
Force: Other - Force Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Property damaged Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Premise Searched Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Property Seized Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Curse Unsubstantiated
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December 1993 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Other - Force Complainant Unavailable
Abuse of Authority: Other - Abuse Complainant Unavailable
Discourtesy: Nasty Words Complainant Unavailable
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July 1993 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Push/Shove Exonerated
Force: Other - Force Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Curse Unsubstantiated
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May 1993 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force Alleged Victim Uncooperative
additional details
September 1992 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Beat Complainant Uncooperative
additional details
November 1991 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Offensive Language: Other - Ethnic Slur Complainant Uncooperative
additional details
March 1989 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Person Searched Unsubstantiated
additional details
October 1987 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force: Other - Force Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Nasty Words Unsubstantiated
additional details
May 1985 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy Unsubstantiated
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January 1983 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force Complainant Uncooperative
Abuse of Authority Complainant Uncooperative
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December 1982 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Force Complainant Uncooperative
additional details

Conclusion Meanings:

'Exonerated': Also referred to as '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': 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

King v. The City of New York et al
Case # 16CV07425, U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, 2016
Pending
Complaint
Description: Defendant Plainclothes officers appeared at Plaintiff's apartment and asked to search it. Plaintiff did not consent and then officers asked Plaintiff to accompany them to the Precinct. Plaintiff agreed and was then interrogated and held for 72 hours. Plaintiff was denied access to her attorney and was charged with assault and then murder. Plaintiff was denied a preliminary hearing.