'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.
Named in 2 known lawsuits.
Fantozzi, Stephen Joseph vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 21CV04439,
U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, June 22, 2021, ended July 11, 2023
On May 18, 2018, plaintiff was sitting on a public bench in manhattan when NYPD Officer Anthony Sclafani yelled Plaintiff's named and said stand up and turn around. Plaintiff did not resist yet Officer Sclafani attacked plaintiff from behind - swipe kicking his left leg and pushing him to the ground. Then officer Sclafani stomped with great force on plaintiff's lower back and right hand, causing permanent injury to the hand. Plaintiff was then handcuffed extremely tightly. Plaintiff requested the officer not pull him by the shoulder due to preexisting injury and the officer ignored this, causing internal bleeding.
Bethea v. The City of New York
Case # 09CV00612,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY
First Amended Complaint
While Plaintiff was walking down the street, a plainclothes officer roughly pushed him toward a gate and attacked him. Other defendant officers came and joined in the assault or failed to intervene. Plaintiff was taken to the 83rd precinct, unlawfully strip-searched, and charged with disorderly conduct, OGA, and resisting arrest. Later, when Plaintiff arrived at his court date, he was told he case was not on the calendar.