James D. Famiano

Badge #32, White Male, 46
Detective Grade 3 at Narcotics Borough Bronx since July 2020
Started January 2005, made $142,000 last year, active

Substantiated Allegations:
Abuse Of Authority: Frisk
Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person)
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop



Lawsuits:
$145,000   Wang et al v. City of New York et al, 2005 SDNY SDNY 05CV04679
  Nzomo v. New York City, 2010 SDNY SDNY 10CV08530
$20,000   Thompson, Patricia vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV00563
$22,500   Walker, Terrell, et al. vs City of New York, et al., 2014 KCSC KCSC 005360/2014
$60,000   Walker, Toyia, et al. vs City of New York, et al., 2014 KCSC KCSC 007761/2014
  Forte v. Famiano et al, 2015 EDNY EDNY 15CV03302
  Smith, Mark A. vs Detective Famiano, et al., 2018 EDNY EDNY 17CV06535
  Morales, John vs Famiano, James, et al., 2019 KCSC KCSC 520957/2018
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Complaints

17 Allegations
3 Substantiated
6 Complaints
3 Substantiated (Charges)
1 Alleged Victim Uncooperative
3 Complainant Unavailable
10 Unsubstantiated

June 2012 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Black Male, 30
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Guilty, penalty: Forfeit vacation 15 days
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 30
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Guilty, penalty: Forfeit vacation 15 days
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 30
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Guilty, penalty: Forfeit vacation 15 days

September 2011 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: White Female, 30
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: White Female, 30
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: White Female, 31
CCRB Conclusion: Alleged Victim Uncooperative

November 2008 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Asian Male, 28
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

October 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Asian Female, 55
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: Asian Female, 55
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

April 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 32
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 32
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 32
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable

July 2006 - Complaint Details
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Hit against inanimate object
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 35
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated

June 2012 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse Of Authority: Vehicle stop Black Male, 30 Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Guilty, penalty: Forfeit vacation 15 days
Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 30 Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Guilty, penalty: Forfeit vacation 15 days
Abuse Of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 30 Substantiated (Charges)
APU Case Status: Closed: Guilty after trial
NYPD Conclusion: APU Guilty, penalty: Forfeit vacation 15 days
September 2011 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word White Female, 30 Unsubstantiated
Force: Physical force White Female, 30 Unsubstantiated
Force: Physical force White Female, 31 Alleged Victim Uncooperative
November 2008 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Asian Male, 28 Unsubstantiated
October 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Asian Female, 55 Unsubstantiated
Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number Asian Female, 55 Unsubstantiated
April 2007 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Hispanic Male, 32 Complainant Unavailable
Abuse Of Authority: Question and/or stop Hispanic Male, 32 Complainant Unavailable
Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number Hispanic Male, 32 Complainant Unavailable
July 2006 - Complaint Details
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated
Force: Hit against inanimate object Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated
Force: Physical force Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated
Abuse Of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated
Abuse Of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 35 Unsubstantiated

Conclusion Meanings:

'Substantiated': The alleged conduct occurred and it violated the rules. The NYPD has discretion over what, if any, discipline is imposed.
'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.


Discipline

Case: 2013-10682
Opened: 11/6/2013
Closed: 1/30/2015
Case Details:
  1. Guilty: While on-duty, engaged in conduct prejudicial to the good order, efficiency or discipline of the New York City Police Department was an occupant without sufficient legal authority
  2. Guilty: Said detective did abuse his authority as a member of the New York City Police Department in that he wrongfully and without just cause frisked and searched an individual known to the Department without sufficient legal authority
  3. Guilty: Said detective did abuse his authority as a member of the New York City Police Department in that he wrongfully and without just cause frisked and searched an individual known to the Department without sufficient legal authority
Penalty: Forfeiture of fifteen (15) vacation days


Lawsuits

Wang et al v. City of New York et al
Case # 05CV04679, U.S. District Court - Southern District NY
2005
$145,000 Settlement
Amended Complaint, Stipulation

Nzomo v. New York City
Case # 10CV08530, U.S. District Court - Southern District NY
2010
Dismissed with Prejudice
Order

Thompson, Patricia vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV00563, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY
March 13, 2014, ended September 17, 2014
$20,000 Settlement
Amended Complaint

Walker, Terrell, et al. vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 005360/2014, Supreme Court - Kings
April 11, 2014, ended September 14, 2015
$22,500 Settlement

Walker, Toyia, et al. vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 007761/2014, Supreme Court - Kings
June 2, 2014, ended September 17, 2015
$60,000 Settlement
Summons/Complaint

Forte v. Famiano et al
Case # 15CV03302, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY
2015
Pending
Complaint
Description: Defendant Officers pulled over Plaintiff, ordered him out the car, frisked him, and then left.

Smith, Mark A. vs Detective Famiano, et al.
Case # 17CV06535, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY
July 3, 2018
Complaint
Description: Defendant Officers applied for a search warrant and testified in a grand jury against defendant using information they knew not to be true.

Morales, John vs Famiano, James, et al.
Case # 520957/2018, Supreme Court - Kings
February 28, 2019