Abuse of Authority: Vehicle 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
981
Complaints
1,170
Allegations
1,405

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
Brendan Dono Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 42 years old Exonerated 2020
Brendan Murphy Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 23 years old Exonerated 2019
Christophe Brower Police Officer White male Black male, 41 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Louis Martinez Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 42 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Jonathan Warfield Police Officer White male White male, 35 years old Exonerated 2019
Tyler Howe Police Officer White male Black male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Gregg Minardi Sergeant White male Black male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Ricardo Lewis Sergeant Black male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Lukasz Banach Police Officer White male Unknown male, 32 years old Exonerated 2019
Anthony Bomparola Police Officer White male Black male, 47 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Ariel Gonzalez Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 37 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2019
Jose Leon Police Officer Hispanic male Other Race male, 33 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2019
Fabian Nembhard Police Officer Black male Black female, 26 years old Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions) 2019
Julio Delgado Captain Hispanic male Black female, 38 years old Exonerated 2019
Pasquale Dethomas Police Officer White male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2019
Joel Edwards Sergeant Black male White male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Mathew Reich Detective White male White male, 33 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Volodymyr Burdeynyy Police Officer White male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Julio Delgado Captain Hispanic male Black male, 54 years old Exonerated 2019
Frank Fiorenza Police Officer White male Black male, 40 years old Exonerated 2019
Gabriel Cuevas Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2019
Anthony Bomparola Police Officer White male Black male, 42 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Bjondin Skender Police Officer White male Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Richard Charles Detective Black male White male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
John Zanca Sergeant White male Black male, 38 years old Exonerated 2019
John Zanca Sergeant White male Black male, 42 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
James Holder Police Officer Black male Black male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Vincent Dandraia Police Officer White male American Indian male, 31 years old Exonerated 2019
Derek Epstein Lieutenant White male Black male, 31 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Tyler Howe Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 23 years old Exonerated 2019
Michael Johnston Detective White male White male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Philip Tantillo Police Officer White male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2019
Stephen Schmitt Police Officer White male Black male, 33 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Wayne Costello Detective White male White male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Philip Smith Detective White male Hispanic male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Nicholas Bekas Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 34 years old Exonerated 2019
Rexford Asiedu Police Officer Black male White male, 33 years old Exonerated 2019
Volodymyr Burdeynyy Police Officer White male Black male, 44 years old Exonerated 2019
Jose Santory Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2019
Steven Cruver Police Officer White male Black male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Joseph Spalding Sergeant Black male Black male, 49 years old Exonerated 2019
Kitwane Lewis Sergeant Black male Black male, 23 years old Exonerated 2019
Robert Gallagher Police Officer White male Black male, 35 years old Exonerated 2019
Marcel Francis Detective Black male Black male, 55 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Anthony Bomparola Police Officer White male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Michael Laborde Police Officer Black male Refused male, 21 years old Exonerated 2019
Samuel Hui Police Officer Asian male Black male, 29 years old Exonerated 2019
John Zanca Sergeant White male Black male, 47 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Anthony Donato Sergeant White male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Junaid Saeed Police Officer Asian male Black male, 29 years old Exonerated 2019
Michael Hawk Police Officer White male Black female, 32 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Vincent Gambino Police Officer White male Black male, 36 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2019
Jeffrey Mayo Police Officer White male Black female, 37 years old Exonerated 2019
Fabian Nembhard Police Officer Black male Black female, 26 years old Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions) 2019
Joseph Mcevoy Detective White male Black male, 43 years old Exonerated 2019
Brian Mahon Police Officer White male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2019
William Schumacher Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Exonerated 2019
Katherine Sepulveda Police Officer Hispanic female Black male, 36 years old Exonerated 2019
Steven Perez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 21 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2019
David Ramirez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
David Ramirez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 22 years old Exonerated 2019
Rafael Santos Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 22 years old Exonerated 2019
Godwin Ngai Police Officer Asian male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Brett Woodard Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2019
Billy Dill Police Officer Black male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Mario Bueno Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 26 years old Exonerated 2019
Alwyn Phillips Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 57 years old Exonerated 2019
Alexander Bobo Sergeant Black male Black male, 30 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Noelle Miglino Police Officer White female Hispanic male, 51 years old Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions) 2019
Thomas Gagliardi Sergeant White male Hispanic male, 34 years old Exonerated 2019
David Fitchik Police Officer White male Black male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Joseph Sicari Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2019
Brian Mccarthy Police Officer White male American Indian male, 23 years old Exonerated 2019
Curt Thomas Detective Black male White male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Robert Musolino Police Officer White male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Mathew Reich Detective White male White male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Yael Magori Lieutenant White female Black male, 40 years old Exonerated 2019
Sean Christian Police Officer Black male Black male, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Jalal Ali Police Officer White male Black female, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Louis Aponte Police Officer Hispanic male Black female, 36 years old Exonerated 2019
Timothy Fox Lieutenant White male Hispanic male, 37 years old Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions) 2019
Gregg Minardi Sergeant White male Hispanic male, 23 years old Exonerated 2019
Ryan Duffany Police Officer White male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2019
Juan Guzman Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 51 years old Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions) 2019
Konti Markvukaj Police Officer White male Refused male, 32 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Kitwane Lewis Sergeant Black male Hispanic male, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Daniel Garcia Police Officer White male White male, 39 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Angelo Martino Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 37 years old Substantiated (Command Lvl Instructions) 2019
Christophe Nealon Police Officer White male White male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Christophe Schiro Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 44 years old Exonerated 2019
James Holder Police Officer Black male Black male, 43 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2018
James Holder Police Officer Black male Black male, 60 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Bryan Ortiz Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 37 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Raymond Wong Police Officer Asian male Black male, 52 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2018
Darryl Schwartz Detective White male Hispanic female, 38 years old Exonerated 2018
David Grieco Sergeant White male Black male, 28 years old Exonerated 2018
Michael Mccarthy Police Officer White male White male, 26 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Michael Calle Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Philippe Vukosa Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 29 years old Exonerated 2018
Joseph Villarreal Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 34 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2018
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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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