'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.
Gonzalez et al v. City of New York et al
Case # 12CV02776,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, 2012
Baker, Kenneth 2012.pdf
On March 4, 2011, plaintiffs were inside of their home on 80 West 170th Street, Apartment 2A, in the Bronx. Defendant officers stormed into the plaintiffs' home and assaulted, beat and battered them. If defendants had a search warrant for the apartment, it was issued upon the basis of extremely unreliable information, and the police did not follow NYPD policies and procedures in obtaining and executing such a warrant. Ms. Gonzales was dragged from her bedroom into the living room where the officers further abused the plaintiffs. No contraband was recovered, and the officers falsely arrested the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were put into a prisoner van and driven around for approximately five hours. Officers misre...