'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.
Bellony, Bernard vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 18CV05127,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, September 20, 2018, ended June 18, 2019
On June 13, 2016, a shooting took place at a playground in Brooklyn. Plaintiff had nothing to do with this. Nonetheless, defendant police officers manufactured evidence and altered witness testimony causing plaintiff to be falsely arrested and incarcerated for one year, two months and 23 days. Additionally, plaintiff was libeled and defamed in newspapers citywide. All charges against plaintiff were dismissed on January 8, 2018.