'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 3 known lawsuits, $7,500 total settlements.
Guillen, Edward vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 19CV05655,
U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, June 28, 2019, ended September 2, 2022
On January 4, 2018, Plaintiff was lawfully driving his brother’s car when P.O.s Cannizzaro and Baldares illegally pulled him over. The officers approached Plaintiff’s vehicle and ordered him to step out with no legal basis for doing so. Plaintiff and his vehicle were illegally searched. P.O. Cannizzarro falsely claimed that he recovered an illegal “billy club” from Plaintiff’s driver’s side door and P.O. Baldares falsely claimed he had recovered an illegal “large fixed blade knife” from underneath the back seat. The “billy club” was in fact a small baseball bat, which is not a per se illegal weapon. The officers arrested Plaintiff for alleged possession of the “weapons,” applying handcuffs with excessive force...
Goldsborough, Joseph vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 17CV00702,
U.S. District Court - Southern District NY, February 6, 2017, ended September 18, 2017
Plaintiff was walking with a friend when he noticed an unmarked police car circling the block. The defendants parked the car in front of the plaintiff. Defendant P.O. Cannizzaro was not happy with the plaintiff refused to let him have his cup of juice so he grabbed the cup, smelled it, and tossed it on the grass. P.O. Taveras watched from a few feet away. Defendant Cannizzaro responded to the plaintiff asking if he had the right to seize his cup by asking for ID. Plaintiff's friend asked the defendants for their identities but they refused to give it. After fifteen minutes, the defendants drove off, but not before the plaintiff's friend could snap a picture of the car's license plate.
Stelling, Christopher vs City of New York, et al.
Case # 15CV00035,
U.S. District Court - Eastern District NY, January 6, 2015, ended March 1, 2017
Defendant Officers pulled up a car next to Plaintiff and asked him about a folding knife Plaintiff had clipped to his pocket. Defendant Officers were unable to open the knife with gravity, but nevertheless arrest plaintiff, took him to the 79th Precinct, and charged him with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree for a gravity knife. The case was ACD'd.