Michael W. Ernst

Badge #16255, White Male, 49
Police Officer at Military and Extended Leave Desk since June 2017
Also served in: 107th Precinct, 41st Precinct
Started July 1996, made $69,600 last year, active

Substantiated Allegations:
Abuse Of Authority: Frisk and/or search
Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop
Discourtesy: Word (2)

Lawsuits:
$20,000   Winkfield, Nicole vs City of New York, et al., 2013 BCSC BCSC 302592/2013
$20,000   Gutierrez, Maria vs City of New York, et al., 2013 SDNY SDNY 13CV03502
$50,000   Lopez, Sharon vs City of New York, et al., 2017 EDNY EDNY 17CV02848
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Complaints

60 Allegations
4 Substantiated
28 Complaints
4 Substantiated (Command Discipline)
1 Alleged Victim Unavailable
1 Alleged Victim Uncooperative
1 Complainant Unavailable
6 Complainant Uncooperative
4 Complaint Withdrawn
25 Exonerated
2 Unfounded
16 Unsubstantiated

October 2016 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: White Female, 67
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: White Female, 67
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

February 2014 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: White Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative

September 2012 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Female, 43
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 27
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Unavailable
Allegation: Force: Hit against inanimate object
Complainant: Black Female, 43
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

May 2012 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Strip-searched
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
Allegation: Force: Gun pointed
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to obtain medical treatment
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn

October 2011 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: White Male, 33
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline)
NYPD Conclusion: Instructions, penalty: Instruction

August 2010 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Pepper spray
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

November 2009 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Hispanic Female, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Gun pointed
Complainant: Hispanic Female, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Hispanic Female, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

January 2009 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Gesture
Complainant: White Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: White Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

September 2008 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: Hispanic Female, 53
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative

September 2008 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: Black Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative

December 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

August 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Male, 26
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Offensive Language: Race
Complainant: Male, 26
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

January 2006 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Black Male, 27
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 27
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative

December 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Force: Hit against inanimate object
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 45
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

October 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 30
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

September 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Black Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Retaliatory arrest
Complainant: Black Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

August 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 40
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

July 2004 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 24
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable

October 2003 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 51
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 51
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Frisk and/or search
Complainant: Black Male, 51
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

July 2003 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: Black Male, 23
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

March 2003 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Uncooperative

April 2001 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Female, 26
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle search
Complainant: Black Male, 23
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 23
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

February 2001 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 15
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

November 2000 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Force: Pepper spray
Complainant: Black Male, 25
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

August 2000 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated

February 2000 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Black Male, 15
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline)
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Frisk and/or search
Complainant: Black Male, 15
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline)
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 15
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline)

June 1999 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

October 1998 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Person Searched
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Other - Abuse
CCRB Conclusion: Unfounded

October 2016 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word White Female, 67 Unsubstantiated
Abuse Of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched Unsubstantiated
Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest White Female, 67 Unsubstantiated
February 2014 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word White Male, 35 Complainant Uncooperative
September 2012 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Female, 43 Unsubstantiated
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 27 Alleged Victim Unavailable
Force: Hit against inanimate object Black Female, 43 Unsubstantiated
May 2012 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Strip-searched Black Male, 45 Complaint Withdrawn
Force: Gun pointed Black Male, 45 Complaint Withdrawn
Force: Physical force Black Male, 45 Complaint Withdrawn
Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to obtain medical treatment Black Male, 45 Complaint Withdrawn
October 2011 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word White Male, 33 Substantiated (Command Discipline)
NYPD Conclusion: Instructions, penalty: Instruction
August 2010 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Hispanic Male, 25 Unsubstantiated
Force: Physical force Hispanic Male, 25 Unsubstantiated
Force: Pepper spray Hispanic Male, 25 Exonerated
November 2009 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person) Hispanic Female, 35 Unsubstantiated
Force: Gun pointed Hispanic Female, 35 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop Hispanic Female, 35 Exonerated
January 2009 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Gesture White Male, 45 Unsubstantiated
Force: Physical force White Male, 45 Exonerated
September 2008 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number Hispanic Female, 53 Complainant Uncooperative
September 2008 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 24 Complainant Uncooperative
Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest Black Male, 24 Complainant Uncooperative
December 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Male, 35 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 35 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 35 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle search Black Male, 35 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 35 Exonerated
August 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Male, 26 Unsubstantiated
Offensive Language: Race Male, 26 Unsubstantiated
January 2006 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop Black Male, 27 Complainant Uncooperative
Force: Physical force Black Male, 27 Complainant Uncooperative
December 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Hit against inanimate object Black Male, 45 Exonerated
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 45 Exonerated
October 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number Hispanic Male, 30 Exonerated
September 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop Black Male, 25 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Retaliatory arrest Black Male, 25 Unsubstantiated
August 2005 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person) Hispanic Male, 40 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest Hispanic Male, 40 Unsubstantiated
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle search Hispanic Male, 40 Exonerated
Discourtesy: Word Hispanic Male, 40 Unsubstantiated
July 2004 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Hispanic Male, 24 Complainant Unavailable
October 2003 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 51 Exonerated
Force: Physical force Black Male, 51 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Frisk and/or search Black Male, 51 Exonerated
July 2003 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Threat of arrest Black Male, 23 Exonerated
March 2003 - Complaint Details
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Premises entered and/or searched Alleged Victim Uncooperative
April 2001 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Female, 26 Unsubstantiated
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle search Black Male, 23 Exonerated
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 23 Exonerated
February 2001 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Hispanic Male, 15 Exonerated
November 2000 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Male, 25 Exonerated
Force: Pepper spray Black Male, 25 Exonerated
August 2000 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Hispanic Male, 35 Exonerated
February 2000 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop Black Male, 15 Substantiated (Command Discipline)
Abuse Of Authority: Frisk and/or search Black Male, 15 Substantiated (Command Discipline)
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 15 Substantiated (Command Discipline)
June 1999 - Complaint Details
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Unsubstantiated
October 1998 - Complaint Details
Allegation CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Person Searched Unfounded
Abuse Of Authority: Other - Abuse Unfounded

Conclusion Meanings:

'Exonerated': 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': The 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

Winkfield, Nicole vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 302592/2013, Supreme Court - Bronx
April 25, 2013, ended January 29, 2014
$20,000 Settlement

Gutierrez, Maria vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 13CV03502, U.S. District Court - Southern District NY
July 22, 2013, ended December 18, 2015
$20,000 Settlement

Lopez, Sharon vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 17CV02848, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY
June 8, 2017, ended November 1, 2017
$50,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: Police officers forcefully entered plaintiff's residence, grabbed and twisted plaintiff's arm, and handcuffed the plaintiff. Plaintiff's daughter started filming the incident, after which, another police officer seized the cell phone from plaintiff's daughter and erased the video. Apartment was searched and nothing was found. Officers then claimed that plaintiff was drunk and forced her to go to Queens Hospital in handcuffs.