Abuse of Authority: Frisk And/Or Search

This page contains all allegations assigned to this category by the CCRB. Multiple similar allegations can appear for the same officer because a complaint received from a civilian can include multiple allegations.

Officers With Complaints
176
Complaints
203
Allegations
241

What the CCRB’s Conclusions Mean

Substantiated: The alleged conduct occurred and it violated the rules. (Here is a breakdown of the types of discipline the CCRB can recommend. The NYPD can choose to ignore those recommendations. It has discretion over what, if any, discipline is imposed.)

Exonerated: The alleged conduct occurred but did not violate the NYPD’s rules, which often give officers significant discretion over use of force.

Unsubstantiated: The CCRB has fully investigated but could not affirmatively conclude both that the conduct occurred and that it broke the rules.

Officer Rank at Time of Complaint Officer Details Complainant Details CCRB Conclusion Year Received
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male Black male, 37 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Jonathan Fox Police Officer White male Black male, 27 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Andres Rodriguez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 54 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Patrick Fitzgerald Police Officer White male Black male, 25 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2004
Patrick Gaines Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 24 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Rodrigo Caballero Detective Hispanic male Not available Exonerated 2004
Christophe Lagrasta Sergeant White male Hispanic male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Marco Balboni Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 24 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Claudio Ramirez Sergeant Hispanic male White male, 42 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Derrick Milligan Sergeant Black male Black male, 15 years old Exonerated 2004
Anthony Lustica Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 23 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
John Facchini Police Officer White male Black male, 33 years old Exonerated 2004
Brian Clements Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 17 years old Exonerated 2004
Dustin Genco Detective White male Black male, 38 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Douglas Carr Police Officer Black male Black male, 39 years old Exonerated 2004
Harjit Singh Police Officer Asian male Hispanic male, 15 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Michael Licitra Lieutenant White male Black male, 31 years old Exonerated 2004
Joseph Scialabba Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Phillip Atkins Police Officer Black male Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Jeffrey Carroll Police Officer White male Black male, 24 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Peter Ievolo Sergeant White male Black male, 22 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
David Terrell Police Officer Black male Black male, 29 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Jose Rodriguez Detective Hispanic male Black male, 21 years old Exonerated 2004
Frank Galati Police Officer White male Black male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Jermaine Matos Police Officer Black male White male, 25 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2004
Richard Bergin Lieutenant White male Black female, 18 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Patrick Cherry Police Officer White male Black male, 26 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Patrick Fitzgerald Police Officer White male Black male, 25 years old Exonerated 2004
Michael Alleva Detective White male Black male, 45 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Wilbert Rodriguez Police Officer Hispanic male White male, 20 years old Exonerated 2004
Thomas Koerner Police Officer White male Black male, 38 years old Exonerated 2004
Robert Henderson Sergeant White male Black male, 20 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Christophe Jones Detective Black male Hispanic male, 17 years old Exonerated 2004
Willie Johnson Police Officer Black male Black male, 17 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Michael Diaz Police Officer Hispanic male Not available Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Darryl Mack Police Officer Black male Black male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Jacy Reese Police Officer Black male Black male, 31 years old Exonerated 2004
Gary Messina Lieutenant White male Unknown male, 40 years old Exonerated 2004
Peter Guido Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 63 years old Exonerated 2004
Phillip Atkins Police Officer Black male Black male, 22 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Christophe Bastos Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Christophe Bastos Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 22 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Hector Lopez Police Officer Hispanic male White male, 25 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2004
Selwyn Fonrose Police Officer Black male Black male, 34 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Anthony Salato Police Officer White male Black male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
John Zamot Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 26 years old Exonerated 2004
Gregory Pekera Sergeant White male Black male, 29 years old Exonerated 2004
Randall Litrell Police Officer White male Unknown male, 26 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2004
Salvatore Lopiccolo Police Officer White male Black female, 22 years old Exonerated 2004
Jorge Tavarez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 48 years old Exonerated 2003
Donald Kipp Sergeant White male Black male, 15 years old Exonerated 2003
Julio Delgado Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Patrick Cherry Police Officer White male Black male, 19 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Patrick Brown Police Officer White male Black male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Joseph Redmond Police Officer White male Black male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Julio Delgado Sergeant Hispanic male Hispanic female, 28 years old Exonerated 2003
Edwin Martinez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
John Fogelman Detective White male Black male, 26 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
John Fogelman Detective White male Black male, 24 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Kevin Matthews Police Officer White male Black male, 32 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Richard Warner Police Officer White male Black male, 37 years old Exonerated 2003
Kevin Matthews Police Officer White male Black male, 32 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Colin Austin Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Jose Caban Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 16 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Thomas Tergesen Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 43 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Bryan Mcnulty Sergeant White male Black male, 38 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Joseph Stynes Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 32 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
David Nisthaus Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 26 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Mario Morales Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 25 years old Exonerated 2003
Robert Falcone Police Officer White male Black male, 26 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Roberto Melendez Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 31 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Fernando Espindola Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 21 years old Exonerated 2003
Fernando Espindola Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Timothy Skretch Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Sean Edwards Detective White male Hispanic male, 25 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Fabio Nunez Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 15 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Alan Gaspard Detective Black male Black male, 32 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Michael Dannecker Police Officer White male Black male, 13 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Paul Mcmahon Lieutenant White male Black male, 29 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Anthony Pizzo Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 14 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male White male, 30 years old Exonerated 2003
Gary Messina Lieutenant White male Black male, 41 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male Black male Unsubstantiated 2003
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male Black male, 41 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
John Quigley Police Officer White male White male, 63 years old Exonerated 2003
Kevin Roughneen Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 43 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Robert Mamys Sergeant White male Black male, 18 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2003
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male Hispanic male, 20 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male Black male, 25 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Brian Depalo Police Officer White male Black male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male Black male, 25 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Christopher McCormack Sergeant White male Black male, 22 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Michael Ernst Police Officer White male Black male, 51 years old Exonerated 2003
Jason Levy Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 17 years old Exonerated 2003
Keith Walker Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 17 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Michael Mendez Detective Hispanic male White male, 44 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
David Cheesewright Sergeant Asian male Black male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Joseph Delduca Sergeant White male Black female, 39 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2003
Rafael Vega Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Gary Messina Lieutenant White male Black male, 25 years old Exonerated 2003
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About This Data
For decades, disciplinary records of police officers in New York have been shielded from public view. After the state recently repealed the law that had kept the records secret, ProPublica requested and received a database from New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates allegations of misconduct against NYPD officers. The database lists the name of each officer, the race of the complainant and the officer, a category describing the alleged misconduct, and whether the CCRB concluded the officers’ conduct violated NYPD rules. Police unions have opposed New York City’s plan to make public data about disciplinary investigations.

This database names about 4,000 of the NYPD’s 36,000 active-duty officers. Every officer in the database has had at least one substantiated allegation. We excluded any allegations that investigators concluded did not occur and were deemed unfounded. We also removed a small number of officers (62) against whom the CCRB had substantiated allegations, but whose substantiated allegations had not gone fully through the NYPD’s administrative prosecution process. The CCRB was not able to reach conclusions in many cases, in part because the investigators must rely on the NYPD to hand over crucial evidence, such as footage from body-worn cameras. Often, the department is not forthcoming despite a legal duty to cooperate in CCRB investigations. The CCRB gets thousands of complaints per year but substantiates a tiny fraction of them. Allegations of criminal conduct by officers are typically investigated not by the CCRB but by state or federal prosecutors in conjunction with the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau or the FBI.

Read more about what we’ve included in the database and why, and see our answers to questions we have received about this data. If you have information about any of these officers or cases, please fill out our form.

All of the records in this data are from closed cases. But if you see an error, contact the CCRB. If the agency updates its records and lets us know, we'll do so as well.

The data used in this database is downloadable from ProPublica’s Data Store.

Source
This data was obtained through a records request made to the CCRB. It includes fully investigated allegations only for officers who were members of the department as of late June 2020 and against whom the CCRB has substantiated at least one allegation.
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