Douglas L. Kautter

Lieutenant at 70th Precinct since September 2016, active
Also served at 40th Precinct
Service started July 2004, made $177,000 last year, Tax #935093
White Male

Substantiated Allegations:
Abuse of Authority: Improper use of body-worn camera
Discourtesy: Word

Discipline Cases:

Case: 2023-29633
Closed: 5/17/2024
Case: 2022-24641
Closed: 4/26/2022
Case: 2022-24642
Closed: 4/26/2022

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Lawsuit settlements:
$55,000   Tess, Clint vs City of New York, et al., 2018 EDNY EDNY 18CV06542
$45,000   Cazeau, Winshey vs City of New York, et al., 2017 EDNY EDNY 17CV02294
$20,000   Odutola, Orunmila vs City of New York, et al., 2013 BCSC BCSC 020794/2013E
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Complaints

6 Complaints
13 Allegations
2 Substantiated
2 Substantiated (Command Discipline A)
1 Closed - Pending Litigation
1 Complainant Uncooperative
1 Complaint Withdrawn
3 Exonerated
3 Unsubstantiated
2 Within NYPD Guidelines

Complaint #202207547, October 2022
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest
Complainant: Female, 75-79
CCRB Conclusion: Within NYPD Guidelines
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Improper use of body-worn camera
Complainant: Female, 75-79
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline A)
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Forcible Removal to Hospital
Complainant: Female, 75-79
CCRB Conclusion: Within NYPD Guidelines
NYPD Conclusion: Command Discipline - A
Penalty: Command Discipline - A (Vacation: 0.25 days)
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Complaint #202205469, August 2022
Allegation: Force: Physical force
Complainant: Black Male, 55-59
CCRB Conclusion: Closed - Pending Litigation
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Complaint #202000881, December 2019
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Forcible Removal to Hospital
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 45-49
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 45-49
CCRB Conclusion: Substantiated (Command Discipline A)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Penalty: No penalty
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Complaint #201803474, April 2018
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Male, 34
CCRB Conclusion: Complaint Withdrawn
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Complaint #201602041, November 2015
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Search (of person)
Complainant: Black Male, 31
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 31
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Allegation: Discourtesy: Word
Complainant: Black Male, 31
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Frisk
Complainant: Black Male, 31
CCRB Conclusion: Unsubstantiated
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Stop
Complainant: Black Male, 31
CCRB Conclusion: Exonerated
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
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Complaint #201309576, October 2013
Allegation: Abuse of Authority: Refusal to process civilian complaint
Complainant: Hispanic Male, 38
CCRB Conclusion: Complainant Uncooperative
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Complaint #202207547, October 2022
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Threat of arrest Female, 75-79 Within NYPD Guidelines
Abuse of Authority: Improper use of body-worn camera Female, 75-79 Substantiated (Command Discipline A)
Abuse of Authority: Forcible Removal to Hospital Female, 75-79 Within NYPD Guidelines
NYPD Conclusion: Command Discipline - A
Penalty: Command Discipline - A (Vacation: 0.25 days)
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Complaint #202205469, August 2022
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Force: Physical force Black Male, 55-59 Closed - Pending Litigation
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Complaint #202000881, December 2019
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Forcible Removal to Hospital Hispanic Male, 45-49 Exonerated
Discourtesy: Word Hispanic Male, 45-49 Substantiated (Command Discipline A)
NYPD Conclusion: No Disciplinary Action-DUP
Penalty: No penalty
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Complaint #201803474, April 2018
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Male, 34 Complaint Withdrawn
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Complaint #201602041, November 2015
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Search (of person) Black Male, 31 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 31 Exonerated
Discourtesy: Word Black Male, 31 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Frisk Black Male, 31 Unsubstantiated
Abuse of Authority: Stop Black Male, 31 Exonerated
Documents: Complaint Closing Report
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Complaint #201309576, October 2013
Allegation Complainant CCRB Conclusion
Abuse of Authority: Refusal to process civilian complaint Hispanic Male, 38 Complainant Uncooperative
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Conclusion Meanings:

'Exonerated': or 'Within NYPD Guidelines' - 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.
'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.
'Within NYPD Guidelines': The alleged conduct occurred but did not violate the NYPD's own rules, which often give officers significant discretion.

Further details on conclusion definitions.


Discipline

Case: 2023-29633
Closed: 5/17/2024
Case Details:
  1. Failed to activate their body worn camera.
Penalty: A - Command Discipline, forfeiture of time/leave balances
Recommendation: Command Discipline - A

Case: 2022-24641
Closed: 4/26/2022
Case Details:
  1. Wrongfully discourteous to an individual known to the Department.
Recommendation: Command Discipline - A

Case: 2022-24642
Closed: 4/26/2022
Case Details:
  1. Failed to make required entries in Department logs.
Recommendation: Other


Lawsuits

Named in 4 known lawsuits, $120,000 total settlements.

Tess, Clint vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 18CV06542, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, December 19, 2018, ended May 3, 2021
$55,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: On or about June 16, 2016, in the vicinity of Surf Avenue and West 5th Street in Brooklyn, NY, plaintiff was driving with two friends. Plaintiff was pulled over by Police Officer Francis Jackson and L.t. Kautter. These officers falsely told plaintiff that he had two suspended licenses and two warrants. Plaintiff was taken behind the police car and handcuffed. Police Officer Eltabib and Police Officer John Sanchez arrived on the scene. Eltabib, without cause, shoved plaintiff, causing him to fall backwards. The other officers failed to intervene. Plaintiff, who has sickle cell anemia, was in severe pain and breathing heavily after the hit and asked to be taken to the hospital 15-20 times but was denied. Plaintif...

Cazeau, Winshey vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 17CV02294, U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, April 19, 2017, ended December 26, 2017
$45,000 Settlement
Complaint
Description: On October 16, 2016, officer Michael Difede, sergeant Timothy Glant, officer Elvis Alcivar, officer Kevin Lafontant, lieutenant Douglas Kautter, and sergeant Gordon Frasier, as well as five unidentified officers, approached the plaintiff and pushed him to the ground. They smashed his head against the concrete ground, resulting in injuries and disfigurement. They sat on plaintiff’s back as he lay on the ground, with his face bleeding; another defendant pulled the plaintiff by his hair and smashed his face into the concrete, causing substantial pain. The plaintiff was then taken to the hospital and treated. The next day, he has severe wrist pain and bled from his head; upon return to the hospital, he was found ...

White, Marlow vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 15CV06696, U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, August 31, 2015, ended September 12, 2016
Zero Disposition
Complaint, Amended Complaint
Description: Plaintiff is a man of trans experience and was the victim of numerous hate crimes, chosen as a victim because of his gender identity. When the New York City Police Department was called to the scene of the first attack on Plaintiff's family by the assailant the responding officers witnessed Assailant's criminal behavior. The NYPD's officers refused to restrain or arrest Assailant and refused to take Plaintiff's criminal complaint against Assailant. To the contrary, the NYPD's officers joked with Assailant and indicated to witnesses, within earshot of Plaintiff and Assailant, that they preferred to return to clean up the mess after Assailant had murdered Plaintiff.

Odutola, Orunmila vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 020794/2013E, Supreme Court - Bronx, March 20, 2013, ended December 30, 2014
$20,000 Settlement

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