Vaughan H. Ettienne

Badge #6736, Black Male, 46
Also served in: 81st Precinct, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South AC
Service started July 2001, made $148,000 last year, active

Substantiated Allegations:
Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Abuse of Authority: Stop


Lawsuit settlements:
$925,000   Gaffney, Gregory vs City of New York, et al., 2016 KCSC KCSC 517036/2016
$60,000   Brown, Devon vs City of New York, et al., 2016 KCSC KCSC 509498/2016
$17,500   Bookard, James vs City of New York, et al., 2016 KCSC KCSC 515361/2015
$13,000   Allen, Lisa vs City of New York, et al., 2015 EDNY EDNY 15CV06337
$27,000   Clark, Stanley vs Ettienne, Vaughn, et al., 2015 EDNY EDNY 15CV04961
$7,500   King, Kamaal vs City of New York, et al., 2015 EDNY EDNY 15CV00497
$30,000   Julien, Ebonique vs City of New York, et al., 2014 SDNY SDNY 14CV09942
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Complaints

21 Allegations
2 Substantiated
7 Complaints
2 Substantiated (Charges)
1 Complainant Uncooperative
1 Complaint Withdrawn
5 Exonerated
3 Unfounded
9 Unsubstantiated

May 2014 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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July 2013 Complaint
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Strip-searched
Complainant: Black Male, 20
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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September 2007 Complaint
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Offensive Language: Sexual orientation
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Hit against inanimate object
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
NYPD Conclusion: Instructions
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
Complainant: Black Male, 21
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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January 2007 Complaint
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Other blunt instrument as a club
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
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December 2006 Complaint
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 57
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
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January 2006 Complaint
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Male, 46
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Male, 46
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Black Male
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
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October 2003 Complaint
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: White Male, 23
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: White Male, 23
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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May 2014 Complaint
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Complainant Uncooperative
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July 2013 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Strip-searched Black Male, 20 Unsubstantiated
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September 2007 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
Offensive Language: Sexual orientation Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
Force: Hit against inanimate object Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
NYPD Conclusion: Instructions
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male, 21 Substantiated (Charges)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Black Male, 21 Unsubstantiated
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January 2007 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 24 Unfounded
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Black Male, 24 Unsubstantiated
Force: Other blunt instrument as a club Black Male, 24 Unfounded
Force: Physical force Black Male, 24 Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 24 Exonerated
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December 2006 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 57 Complaint Withdrawn
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January 2006 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Male, 46 Exonerated
Discourtesy: Word Male, 46 Unfounded
Abuse of Authority: Question and/or stop Black Male Exonerated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Exonerated
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October 2003 Complaint
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word White Male, 23 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest White Male, 23 Unsubstantiated
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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

Named in 11 known lawsuits, $1,080,000 total settlements.

Mcmanus, Harvey vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 501655/2017, Supreme Court - Kings, February 2, 2017

Gaffney, Gregory vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 517036/2016, Supreme Court - Kings, October 3, 2016, ended April 3, 2018
$925,000 Settlement
Summons/Complaint

Brown, Devon vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 509498/2016, Supreme Court - Kings, July 1, 2016, ended January 26, 2018
$60,000 Settlement
Summons/Complaint

Bookard, James vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 515361/2015, Supreme Court - Kings, February 19, 2016, ended December 5, 2016
$17,500 Settlement

Allen, Lisa vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 15CV06337, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, November 10, 2015, ended May 9, 2016
$13,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: Plaintiff was at a friends, went to the store, and then returned to the friend's apartment to find 5-10 police officers outside. Plaintiff saw an officer punch her friend's son in the face and when she objected she was also handcuffed and assaulted. Plaintiff was taken to a precinct for 7 hours and then issued a summons by Officer Ettienne for 240.20(2), which was later dismissed.

Winley, Brandon vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 012579/2015, Supreme Court - Kings, October 22, 2015

Clark, Stanley vs Ettienne, Vaughn, et al.
Case # 15CV04961, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, August 27, 2015, ended April 11, 2016
$27,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: Plaintiff opened his apartment door and defendant officers grabbed him, punched him in the face, threw him to the ground, and assaulted him. Plaintiff was handcuffed, searched, and taken to central booking where he was prosecuted for Assault in the 2nd Degree. Plaintiff eventually accepted an ACD.

King, Kamaal vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 15CV00497, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 4, 2015, ended July 14, 2016
$7,500 Settlement
Amended Complaint, Amended Complaint
Description: Plaintiff was in his apt when asked by defendant officers to show keys of the apt. he also showed a coned bill proving he lived there. Nevertheless he was arrested for Crim. Trespass in the 2nd and 3rd Degree. Case was ACD'd.

Greene et al v. The City of New York et al
Case # 15CV06436, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, 2015
Pending
First Amended Complaint
Description: Defendant Officers forcibly entered the Plaintiffs home, shoved, handcuffed, and assaulted Plaintiffs. Defendant Officers tased one Plaintiff who then suffered a heart attack and had to be taken to a hospital where he was shackled to the bed. Charges were filed against Plaintiffs which were all later dismissed.

Julien, Ebonique vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV09942, U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, December 17, 2014, ended December 17, 2015
$30,000 Settlement
First Amended Complaint
Description: Defendant officers claimed Plaintiff stole a moped even though clear evidence and the victim said otherwise. Plaintiff charged with Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, later dismissed.

Jenkins, Melvin vs Aux Sergeant Elder, Lomax, et al.
Case # 12CV04165, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, January 15, 2013, ended September 22, 2015
Zero Disposition
12-cv-04165-RRM-LB.pdf
Description: After Plaintiff honked his horn at defendant officers who were blocking traffic, they chased and assaulted him. Also, PO Ettienne claimed he recovered three .88 caliber cartridges from Plaintiff's pocket, when he recovered them from the van