Force: Chokehold

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
223
Complaints
236
Allegations
244

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
Blake Ficken Police Officer White male Other Race male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Edmundo Rivera Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 16 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
William Diab Lieutenant White male Black male, 32 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Jeremiah Williams Detective Black male Black male, 59 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Neil Zuber Captain White male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Numael Amador Police Officer Hispanic male White male, 47 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2018
Remy Jeanfrancois Police Officer Black male Black male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Keynes Pena Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 48 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2018
Numael Amador Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 48 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2018
Simon Rashid Detective Asian male White male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Joseph King Police Officer Black male White male, 63 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Arland Belande Police Officer Black male White male, 25 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2018
Jason Barish Police Officer White male Black male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Fabio Nunez Detective Hispanic male Hispanic male, 20 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2018
Joseph Foss Police Officer White male Black male, 26 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Paul Gaglio Lieutenant White male Black male, 44 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Steve Torres Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Omar Habib Police Officer White male Black male, 55 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2018
Christophe Sanchez Police Officer White male Black male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Eric Ruiz Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 38 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Satinderpa Singh Police Officer Asian male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Daniel Callinan Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 49 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Melanie Culpepper Police Officer Hispanic female Black female, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Majeed Arif Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 29 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2017
Thomas Cancilla Police Officer White male White male, 30 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2017
Flavio Rivera Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 19 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2017
Nicholas Smith Police Officer White male Black male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Mark Holder Detective Black male Hispanic male, 39 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Michael Eschmann Police Officer White male White male, 39 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Roy Abounaoum Detective White male Other Race male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Malachi Mckenith Police Officer Black male Black male, 13 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Malachi Mckenith Police Officer Black male Black male, 13 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Rafael Guzman Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 19 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2017
Rudy Anzalone Police Officer White male Black male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Fermin Bueno Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 30 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2016
Thomas Morton Police Officer White male Black female, 29 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2016
Armando Cardenio Police Officer White male Black male, 26 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Charles Buglione Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
David Mercado Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 18 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2016
Fernando Caches Police Officer White male Asian male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Daniel Campbell Lieutenant White male Hispanic male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Robert King Sergeant White male Black male, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Philippe Vukosa Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 45 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2016
Risel Martinez Police Officer Hispanic male Unknown male, 21 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2016
Jolan Lewis Police Officer Black male Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Christophe Sanchez Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
David Mercado Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Stanley Mateo Police Officer Hispanic male White male, 55 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Joseph Reyes Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 45 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Stephen Loffredo Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 45 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Franklin Diaz Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic female, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Juan Santiago Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 43 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Jean Francisco Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Michael Ardolino Police Officer White male Black male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Eric Ruiz Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Antonio Cannata Police Officer White male White male, 53 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Paul Gaglio Lieutenant White male Hispanic female, 11 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
James Slavin Sergeant White male Black male, 30 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Paul Farella Sergeant White male Hispanic female, 30 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Fernando Centenotalavera Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 15 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Cesar Reyes Police Officer Hispanic male Black female, 45 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Lyndon Providence Police Officer Black male Black male, 17 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Thomas Mcdonnell Detective White male White male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Melchor Alban Police Officer Asian male Hispanic male, 59 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Jaspreet Gill Police Officer Asian male Asian male, 22 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Victor Charles Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 41 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Jared Dietzel Police Officer White male Not available male Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2015
Daniel Herzog Detective White male White male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
John Ferrara Sergeant White male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Anthony Longobardi Captain White male Hispanic female, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Jorge Monge Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 22 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Patrick Burnett Police Officer White male Black female, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Colin Caesar Sergeant Black male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Ernesto Bautista Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 27 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Frederic Ortiz Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Francesco Cusimano Police Officer White male Other Race male, 37 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Charles Galletta Police Officer White male White male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Liam Ohara Police Officer White male Black male, 39 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Sean Phillips Police Officer White male Black male, 48 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Joel Polanco Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2015
Fernando Rodriguez Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Richard Danese Police Officer White male Black male, 21 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Jonathan Re Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
John Ryan Sergeant White male Black male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Adam Dumelle Police Officer White male Black male, 38 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Adan Munoz Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Herman Lai Police Officer Asian male Black female, 29 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Matthew Lewis Police Officer White male Black male, 30 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Franky Joseph Police Officer Black male Black male, 32 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2014
Bekim Kalicovic Lieutenant White male Black male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Johnny Lawrence Police Officer Black male Unknown male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Jose Reyes Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 21 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2014
James Haviland Police Officer White male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Justin Allen Police Officer Black male Hispanic female, 21 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2014
Alexander Gonzalez Police Officer Hispanic male White male, 19 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2014
Harjit Singh Sergeant Asian male Hispanic male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Dustin Dimpflmaier Police Officer White male Black male, 26 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2014
Juan Moreno Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 21 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Tatiana Cruz Police Officer Hispanic female Other Race male, 46 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Pete Massa Sergeant White male Black male, 47 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
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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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