'Exonerated': or 'Within NYPD Guidelines' - the alleged conduct occurred but did not violate the NYPD's own rules, which often give officers significant discretion.
'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.
Named in 3 known lawsuits, $5,000 total settlements.
Vazquez, Oscar vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 16CV03375,
U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, May 13, 2016, ended December 22, 2016
Plaintiff had accidentally caused a fire at his sister's house and 3 days after was hanging out at her house when she called the police to complaint about it. Plaintiff was sitting outside the residence when defendant officers approached him, asked if he was Oscar Vasquez, and then punched him, handcuffed him, and dragged him to the police car. Plaintiff was taken to the 115th Precinct and the hospital and charged with Menacing in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Arson in the Fifth Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, and Harassment in the Second Degree, which were all later dismissed or ACD'd.
Shabtai, Devorah vs Detective Coglin, et al.
Case # 13CV04580,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, November 25, 2013, ended September 17, 2014
Nansaram v. The City of New York et al
Case # 12CV05038,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY,