Steven L. Franzel

Badge #3573, White Male
Sergeant at Narcotics Borough Queens South since July 2021, active
Service started January 2008, made $194,000 last year, Tax #945733

Substantiated Allegations:
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)


Discipline Cases:

Case: 2022-25335
Closed: 2/23/2023

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Lawsuit settlements:
$38,500   Weber, Tiara, et Al vs City of New York, et al., 2022 EDNY EDNY 22CV04518
$465,000   Bartholomew, Lavon vs City of New York, 2021 EDNY EDNY 21CV03729
$35,000   Morris-Mendoza, Eric vs City of New York, et al., 2018 EDNY EDNY 18CV04127
$8,500   Lewis, Angelique vs City of New York, et al., 2017 EDNY EDNY 17CV00066
$15,000   Jones, Terry vs City of New York, et al., 2015 EDNY EDNY 15CV00573
$12,500   Mcfadden, Sean vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV06940
$85,000   Tencati-Soverall, Nicholas vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 14CV01552
$40,000   Glenn, Shakeeba vs City of New York, et al., 2014 EDNY EDNY 13CV06875
$55,000   Callahan, Rayquan vs City of New York, et al., 2013 EDNY EDNY 13CV03607
$250,000   Baccas, Shawn R. vs City of New York, et al., 2013 KCSC KCSC 007939/2013
$12,000   Moore, David vs City of New York, et al., 2013 EDNY EDNY 12CV05480
$45,000   Britton et al v. The City Of New York et al, EDNY EDNY 15CV06710
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Complaints

7 Complaints
12 Allegations
1 Substantiated
1 Substantiated (Command Discipline B)
1 Complainant Unavailable
1 Complainant Uncooperative
1 Unable to Determine
8 Unsubstantiated

Complaint #202200595, January 2022
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop
Complainant: Male, 35-39
CCRB Conclusion: Unable to Determine
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Complaint #202002799, April 2020
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical)
Complainant: Black Male, 25-29
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline B)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Penalty: No penalty
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
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Complaint #201701193, February 2017
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Question
Complainant: Black Male, 70
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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Complaint #201304316, May 2013
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 17
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Unavailable
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Complaint #201300228, December 2012
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number
Complainant: White Female, 37
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
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Complaint #201200562, January 2012
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Female, 33
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
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Complaint #201105369, April 2011
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 26
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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Complaint #202200595, January 2022
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Vehicle stop Male, 35-39 Unable to Determine
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Complaint #202002799, April 2020
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of force (verbal or physical) Black Male, 25-29 Substantiated (Command Discipline B)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Penalty: No penalty
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
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Complaint #201701193, February 2017
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Question Black Male, 70 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male Unsubstantiated
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Complaint #201304316, May 2013
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Male, 17 Complainant Unavailable
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Complaint #201300228, December 2012
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to provide name/shield number White Female, 37 Unsubstantiated
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
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Complaint #201200562, January 2012
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Female, 33 Unsubstantiated
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Complaint #201105369, April 2011
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 26 Complainant Uncooperative
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Conclusion Meanings:

'Substantiated': The alleged conduct occurred and it violated the rules. The NYPD has discretion over what, if any, discipline is imposed.
'Unable to Determine': CCRB has fully investigated but could not affirmatively conclude both that the conduct occurred and that it broke the rules.
'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.


Discipline

Case: 2022-25335
Closed: 2/23/2023
Case Details:
  1. Wrongful threat of force. wrongfully unholstered/displayed a taser.
Recommendation: Command Discipline - B


Lawsuits

Named in 16 known lawsuits, $1,061,500 total settlements.

Weber, Tiara, et Al vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 22CV04518, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, September 13, 2022, ended March 1, 2023
$38,500 Settlement
Complaint
Description: On August 29, 2019, three plaintiffs were playing the skully game near a playground in Brooklyn when officers approached the plaintiffs without cause and arrested them. The NYPD officers tightly handcuffed the plaintiffs causing pain and numbness in their hands. The plaintiffs asked if the handcuffs could be loosened or removed but the NYPD officers ignore their requests. When the plaintiffs inquired why they were being arrested, the NYPD officers threatened them with bodily harm, pushed, shoved, cursed, and screamed at them. People in the crowd who were fearful approached the NYPD officers but were threatened with arrest and bodily harm. When one plaintiff, complained about the verbal and physical abuse they w...

Bartholomew, Lavon vs City of New York
Case # 21CV03729, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, August 12, 2021, ended May 2, 2023
$465,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: On April 5, 2020 at 5:11 pm Plaintiffs Shaundell Hennegan (SH), Tysean Hennegan, J'chad Boyce and Curtis Miller were standing in the street. Plaintiff Miller was in the passenger seat of a car, and when POs Brian Ramirez and Justin Vasquez yelled at the Plaintiffs for not social distancing, SH got into the driver's seat. PO Ramirez demanded to see SH's DL, which was provided. PO Vasquez demanded to see Miller's ID; Miller refused since he was not doing anything. Miller began recording the interaction with his cell, and PO Vasquez slapped it out of his hand and began hitting Miller. SH then began recording, and the officers threw him to the ground and PO Ramirez began striking him with a bit stick. Sgts Darren C...

Remy, Syndie, et Al vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 20CV06189, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, December 22, 2020
Complaint

Hamm, Thomas vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 517034/2019, Supreme Court - Kings, August 16, 2019

Morris-Mendoza, Eric vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 18CV04127, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, July 24, 2018, ended June 27, 2019
$35,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: The Plaintiff was inside the premises of a commercial location when the defendant officers of the NYPD entered brandishing weapons - seized, handcuffed, and arrested plaintiff. The plaintiff was transported to a local precinct station house. The Defendant Franzel convinced the KCDA to prosecute the Plaintiff on multiple charges of gun possession and one count of criminally possessing gambling records. After the imprisonment of the Plaintiff, the charged were dismissed.

Lewis, Angelique vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 17CV00066, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, January 11, 2017, ended February 20, 2020
$8,500 Settlement
Complaint
Description: On or about October 8, 2015, at approximately 8:30pm, Angelique Lewis was in the shower when Officer Steven Frankel and John Doe 2 through 3 knocked down the door and demanded that Ms. Lewis get dressed while questioning her. The Officers arrested Ms. Lewis without probable cause. Officers John Doe 4 through 7 dragged Ms. Lewis into a windowless van. Ms. Lewis, who was eight months pregnant, felt ill and asked for medical assistance. The officers refused medical assistance and transported her to the precinct, where she was held in handcuffs for several hours without food or water. The officers falsely told the District Attorney that Ms. Lewis had committed various crimes. Ms. Lewis spent almost thirty hours in ...

Gibson, Daquinn vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 008224/2015, Supreme Court - Kings, July 2, 2015

Jones, Terry vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 15CV00573, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 9, 2015, ended December 21, 2015
$15,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: Plaintiff was sitting on his stoop eating when Defendant undercover officers approached him, asked him what he was doing, and when he replied "minding my own business" they then grabbed him, threw him to the ground, and handcuffed him. Plaintiff was brought to the 73rd Precinct and charged with Assaulting an Officer, which was eventually dismissed.

Mcfadden, Sean vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV06940, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, December 5, 2014, ended September 22, 2015
$12,500 Settlement
Complaint, First Amended Complaint
Description: Defendant Officers approached Plaintiff after he pulled into his driveway and got out of his car, asked for his ID, became irate and assaulted Plaintiff. Plaintiff was taken to the 73rd Precinct and given a DAT, which was dismissed at arraignments.

Tencati-Soverall, Nicholas vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 14CV01552, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, March 14, 2014, ended March 25, 2015
$85,000 Settlement
Complaint, Amended Complaint
Description: On May 11, 2013, Officers Gamalier Baez, Steven Franzel, and Christopher Muller stopped an automobile in which Plaintiff was a passenger. The officers approached the stopped car with their weapons drawn and shattered the driver's side window. Plaintiff was pulled from the front passenger seat by one or more of the officers and he was struck in the head with a baton. At no point did the officers observe Plaintiff do anything illegal. Plaintiff was treated at the hospital for injuries inflicted on his skull, jaw, face and neck. He was then taken to the precinct and to Central Booking. The officers prepared a false police report accusing Plaintiff of crimes he did not commit and made false statements to the DA's O...

Glenn, Shakeeba vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 13CV06875, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 25, 2014, ended February 27, 2015
$40,000 Settlement
Complaint, Amended Complaint
Description: On September 8, 2012, three officers, from the 73rd Precinct, approached Shakeeba Glenn, who was lawfully sitting in a parked motor vehicle. The officers recognised Ms. Glenn as the plaintiff in an existing lawsuit against other police officers in the 73rd Precinct, which alleged that the officers had tasered Ms. Glenn in the abdomen while she was pregnant resulting in a miscarriage. The three officers stopped, detained, questioned and unlawfully searched Ms. Glenn's person and purse without cause. After retrieving her ID, one of the officers stated "I knew that was her" and "I told you that was her". The officers unlawfully arrested and handcuffed Ms. Glenn, stating "Because you know who you are." Ms. Glenn ...

Brice, Yves vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 011178/2013, Supreme Court - Kings, July 22, 2013

Callahan, Rayquan vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 13CV03607, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, June 26, 2013, ended January 22, 2014
$55,000 Settlement
Complaint, First Amended Complaint, Stipulation
Description: Plaintiff was returning from a party in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn by subway with two friends. Shortly after exiting the rockaway avenue station of the C train, plaintiff and his friends happened to come across an acquaintance, Jevonte. Suddenly plaintiff and his friends and jevonte were stopped, questioned and frisked by several plainclothes officers from an unmarked car, including defendants Berardi, Franzel, and Sambolin. Plaintiff and two friends were not found to be in possession of contraband of any kind. Berardi noticed juvenile Jevonte holding midsection of his jacket as if he was secreting an object. Jevonte chose to run and was chased by Berardi. Plaintiff and his friends left the scene wh...

Baccas, Shawn R. vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 007939/2013, Supreme Court - Kings, May 13, 2013, ended June 2, 2022
$250,000 Settlement

Moore, David vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 12CV05480, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, January 8, 2013, ended August 6, 2013
$12,000 Settlement
Complaint, Stipulation, Second Amended Complaint
Description: On August 13, 2012, Plaintiff was riding his bike home in Brooklyn when a Defendant Officer approached, ordered him off his bike and told him to put his hands up. Plaintiff complied and Defendant searched him. Plaintiff told the Defendant he was just riding home and then Defendant searched him a second time and handcuffed him despite no contraband being recovered and no probable cause or reasonable suspicion that Plaintiff had committed any crime. Plaintiff was brought to the Precinct and Defendant Officers levied false claims against him. Those charges were adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. On January 4, 2013, Plaintiff was walking in Brooklyn when plain clothes Officers in an unmarked car pulled up nex...

Britton et al v. The City Of New York et al
Case # 15CV06710, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY
$45,000 Settlement
Amended Complaint, Complaint
Description: Defendant officers warrantlessly entered Plaintiff's home on multiple occasions searching for a suspect. On this occasion, defendant Sambolin created arrest paperwork in which he stated that the defendants had recovered a decorative sword, a machete, a gravity knife, and marijuana from the premises. DA declined to prosecute.

Other Documents

Brooklyn DA Disclosure Letter references additional lawsuit 17CV66