Abuse of Authority: Question And/Or Stop

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
487
Complaints
601
Allegations
696

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
Shawn Gallagher Police Officer White male American Indian male, 21 years old Exonerated 2007
Damon Martin Sergeant Black male Black male, 26 years old Exonerated 2007
Daniel Sbarra Sergeant White male Black male, 27 years old Exonerated 2007
Steven Lawrence Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 42 years old Exonerated 2007
Scott Cote Police Officer White male Black male, 17 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2007
Kevin Matthews Sergeant White male Black male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2007
Roy Secharan Police Officer Asian male White male, 27 years old Exonerated 2007
Daphney Pamphile Police Officer Black female Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2007
David Grieco Police Officer White male Black male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2007
Bruce Ceparano Police Officer White male Black male, 26 years old Exonerated 2007
Jason Cira Police Officer White male Black male, 39 years old Unsubstantiated 2007
Brian Nyhus Sergeant White male Black male, 19 years old Exonerated 2007
John Hopkins Sergeant White male Black male, 28 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2007
Cedric Green Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 29 years old Exonerated 2007
Jaime Pedraza Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 31 years old Exonerated 2007
Erick Ortiz Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2007
Bradley Field Police Officer White male Black male, 19 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2007
James Slavin Police Officer White male Black male, 37 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2007
Frank Amill Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 17 years old Exonerated 2007
Robert Dress Police Officer White male Black male, 35 years old Exonerated 2007
Cedric Green Police Officer Black male Black male, 66 years old Unsubstantiated 2007
Gary Messina Lieutenant White male Black male, 16 years old Exonerated 2007
John Ryan Police Officer White male Black female, 34 years old Exonerated 2007
Kenneth Douglas Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 24 years old Exonerated 2007
Shawn Gallagher Police Officer White male Black male, 21 years old Exonerated 2007
Nicholas Monello Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 21 years old Exonerated 2007
James Williams Detective White male Black male, 18 years old Exonerated 2007
Clifford Louis Police Officer Black male Black male, 34 years old Exonerated 2007
Daniel Nunez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 37 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Joseph Matzinger Sergeant White male Unknown female, 24 years old Exonerated 2006
David Pulice Police Officer White male Black male, 21 years old Exonerated 2006
Daniel Campbell Police Officer White male Black male, 46 years old Exonerated 2006
Jorge Rodriguez Sergeant Hispanic male Hispanic male, 39 years old Exonerated 2006
John Donovan Police Officer Asian male White male, 35 years old Exonerated 2006
Vaughan Ettienne Police Officer Black male Black male Exonerated 2006
Albert Torres Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 27 years old Exonerated 2006
Joseph Cruzado Police Officer White male Black male, 20 years old Exonerated 2006
Jay Wolsky Police Officer White male Black male, 32 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
John Todaro Sergeant White male Black male, 16 years old Exonerated 2006
Niles Prince Police Officer Black male Black male, 15 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
John Oconnor Sergeant White male White male, 25 years old Exonerated 2006
Adrian Ashby Sergeant Black male White male, 43 years old Exonerated 2006
Jens Maldonado Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Luis Gonzalez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 27 years old Exonerated 2006
Luis Gonzalez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 31 years old Substantiated (Instructions) 2006
Michael Kelly Police Officer White male Black male, 20 years old Exonerated 2006
Michael Carleo Police Officer White male Black male, 28 years old Exonerated 2006
Theresa Callahan Police Officer White female Black female, 17 years old Exonerated 2006
John Todaro Sergeant White male Black male, 44 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Ralph Cilento Sergeant White male Black female, 17 years old Exonerated 2006
Zoilo Encarnacion Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 17 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Christophe Muller Police Officer White male Black male, 34 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Darren Caranella Police Officer White male Black female, 42 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Dana Harge Police Officer Black male Not available Exonerated 2006
Christopher McCormack Lieutenant White male Hispanic male, 31 years old Exonerated 2006
Silvio Schettini Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 29 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Thomas Hirdt Police Officer White male White male, 53 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Adrian Ashby Sergeant Black male Black male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Michael Moyer Police Officer White male Not available Exonerated 2006
Thomas Cappolla Police Officer White male Black male, 15 years old Exonerated 2006
Brian Ramirez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 45 years old Exonerated 2006
Philip Fioranelli Police Officer White male Other Race female, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Titus Parham Sergeant Black male Hispanic female, 12 years old Exonerated 2006
Christopher McCormack Lieutenant White male Black male, 33 years old Exonerated 2006
Larry Burnham Lieutenant White male Black male, 27 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Sean Mitchell Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Michael Lennihan Police Officer White male Black male, 27 years old Exonerated 2006
Dennis Ferrer Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 39 years old Exonerated 2006
Ralph Gonzalez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 19 years old Exonerated 2006
Timothy Donnelly Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Robert Barnett Sergeant White male Black male, 32 years old Exonerated 2006
Jose Ortiz Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 34 years old Exonerated 2006
Daniel Sbarra Sergeant White male Black male, 50 years old Exonerated 2006
Edmund Rumman Police Officer White male Black male, 30 years old Exonerated 2006
Hadi Saifi Police Officer Asian male Black male, 20 years old Exonerated 2006
Ramon Santos Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 43 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Frank Galati Detective White male Black male, 41 years old Exonerated 2006
Carl Scogmanillo Police Officer White male Black male, 23 years old Exonerated 2006
Richard Lavelle Police Officer White male Black male, 15 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Glenn Ziminski Police Officer Asian male Black male, 22 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Jonathan Leon Police Officer Hispanic male Not available male Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2006
Hector Rodriguez Detective Hispanic male Black male, 43 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Charles Peifer Police Officer White male Black male, 32 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2006
Sean Mitchell Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 27 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Shawn Gallagher Police Officer White male Black male, 17 years old Exonerated 2006
Anthony Gulotta Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Exonerated 2006
Ramon Santos Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 43 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Jose Ortiz Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 42 years old Exonerated 2006
James Longo Police Officer White male Black male, 30 years old Exonerated 2006
Nicole Gondry Police Officer White female Black male, 16 years old Exonerated 2006
Welington Feliz Lieutenant Hispanic male Hispanic male, 16 years old Exonerated 2006
Michael Miller Sergeant White male Black male, 19 years old Exonerated 2006
Michael Miller Sergeant White male Black male, 22 years old Exonerated 2006
Blas Colon Detective Hispanic male Black male, 33 years old Exonerated 2006
Reinaldo Alvarez Police Officer Hispanic male Asian male, 43 years old Exonerated 2006
Melissa Eger Sergeant White female Hispanic male, 31 years old Exonerated 2006
Makiba Brathwaitezimmerma Police Officer Black female Black male, 43 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Michael Cronin Sergeant White male Black female, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Jose Camacho Police Officer Hispanic male Refused male, 28 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2006
Derek Lenart Police Officer White male Not available female Exonerated 2006
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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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