'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.
Smith, Tyrell vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 17CV05655,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 14, 2018, ended May 14, 2018
On September 27, 2014, Plaintiff was outside on the sidewalk in Brooklyn, New York. An argument began between Plaintiff and the woman he was with. Defendant officers—including PO Matthew Melendez, PO Rafael Hernandez, PO Bryan Vesely, PO Jeremy Hunt, and Sergeant Stacey Coulter—approached and grabbed Plaintiff. Plaintiff explained that it was just an argument. Several officers began punching Plaintiff’s face and body. One officer slammed Plaintiff face-down into the ground, with force on his neck, while other officers kept punching plaintiff. Plaintiff asked for medical assistance but was denied. The officers arrested Plaintiff and transported him to a police precinct. Plaintiff was subsequently arraigned on ch...