'Exonerated': or 'Within NYPD Guidelines' - the alleged conduct occurred but did not violate the NYPD's own rules, which often give officers significant discretion.
'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.
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Named in 2 known lawsuits, $45,000 total settlements.
Nathaniel, Brandon, et al. vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 16CV00256,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, January 21, 2016, ended November 6, 2017
On November 14, 2014, plaintiffs Brandon Nathaniel and Hassan Sheftall, accompanied by Sheftall's 2-year-old son, were traveling in a vehicle driven by Nathaniel in Brooklyn. Plaintiffs are African American. POs John Does 1–3, not in uniform and driving in an unmarked patrol car, began following plaintiffs' vehicle (though they were not responding to any dispatched call). The officers turned on their signal lights to stop plaintiffs' vehicle, stopped their car, and approached plaintiffs' car with guns drawn, asking plaintiffs to produce ID. Plaintiffs complied, and the officers ordered them to get out of their vehicle. The officers forced them against the vehicle and forcibly patted them down, including their g...
Arroyo, Roberto vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 15CV00917,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, February 23, 2015, ended March 13, 2018
Second Amended Complaint
Third Amended Complaint
Defendants Medina and Perez approached plaintiff and told him that he was seen drinking in front of a building. Officers then threw him to the ground, pepper sprayed him, searched him, arrested him, and took him to a precinct and hospital. Plaintiff was charged with resisting arrest, dis con, and consumption of alcohol, which were later ACD'd. On a second incident, Defendants Ostrander and Polanco approached plaintiff and told him that he was seen drinking in front of a building. Officers then threw him to the ground, pepper sprayed him, searched him, arrested him, and took him to a precinct. Plaintiff was charged with resisting arrest and consumption of alcohol, which were later dismissed.