Force: Handcuffs Too Tight

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
73
Complaints
75
Allegations
76

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
Jonathan Rothenberg Police Officer White male Black female, 45 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Michael Algerio Police Officer White male Black male, 46 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Joseph Villarreal Police Officer Hispanic male Black female, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Katherine Sepulveda Police Officer Hispanic female Black male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Fitzroy Vigilance Sergeant Black male White male, 42 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Jonathan Rothenberg Police Officer White male Unknown female, 45 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Jose Cordero Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 37 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Jose Cordero Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 37 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Malachi Mckenith Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 12 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Nicholas Albergo Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Aleksandr Kovalenko Sergeant White male Black male, 36 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Jose Cadavid Police Officer Hispanic male Black transman (ftm), 44 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Christophe Lembo Police Officer White male Black male, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Felix Baez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 31 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Kelvin Peralta Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Francesco Cusimano Police Officer White male Other Race male, 37 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
John Mejia Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 49 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Michelle Maldonado Police Officer Hispanic female Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Eric Duval Police Officer White male Black male, 49 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Jorge Monge Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 46 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Richard Young Police Officer White male Black male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Nicholas Kourounis Police Officer White male Hispanic female, 33 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Juan Torres Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 16 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Jose Vasquezmiranda Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 25 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2014
Richard Ernyey Police Officer White male Black male, 41 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Joel Crooms Police Officer Black male Black male, 31 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Nelson Nin Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 32 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Paul Ortiz Detective Hispanic male Hispanic male, 29 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Joseph Marquez Detective Hispanic male Black male, 37 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
Albert Aronov Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
Brian Alexander Police Officer White male Black male, 46 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
Eddy Gutierrez Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
Ernest Hernandez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
Genti Bektashaj Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 39 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2012
Megan Fortunato Police Officer White female Black male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2012
Jose Ramos Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 49 years old Unsubstantiated 2012
Alfred Gallicchio Sergeant White male Black male, 44 years old Unsubstantiated 2012
Joseph Padula Sergeant White male White male, 35 years old Unsubstantiated 2011
Victor Rosa Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2011
Carlos Delgado Police Officer Hispanic male White male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2011
George Bonner Police Officer White male Black female, 46 years old Unsubstantiated 2011
Joseph Redmond Sergeant White male Black male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2011
Fitzroy Vigilance Sergeant Black male Black male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2011
Alberto Pizarro Detective Hispanic male Hispanic female, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2011
Miguel Iglesias Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 57 years old Unsubstantiated 2010
Christophe Vaccaro Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 41 years old Unsubstantiated 2010
Diery Louis Police Officer Black male Black male, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2010
Jarrett Dill Police Officer Black male Black female, 48 years old Unsubstantiated 2010
Jose Ortiz Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2010
Millicent Sempermartinez Police Officer Hispanic female Black female, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2010
Flavio Rodriguez Sergeant Hispanic male Not available male, 25 years old Unsubstantiated 2010
Nicholas Albano Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 17 years old Unsubstantiated 2009
Jonathan Lovera Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 14 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2009
Daniel Ludemann Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 30 years old Unsubstantiated 2009
Omar Habib Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2009
Terrell Anderson Sergeant Black male Hispanic male, 15 years old Exonerated 2009
Taiwo Adeleke Police Officer Black female Black male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2009
Erik Depasquale Police Officer White male Other Race male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2009
Erik Rubinstein Police Officer White male Other Race male, 31 years old Unsubstantiated 2009
Graham Brathwaite Police Officer Black male Black male, 41 years old Unsubstantiated 2008
Qamar Zaman Police Officer Asian male White male, 16 years old Unsubstantiated 2008
Nelly Vazquez Police Officer Hispanic female Black male, 33 years old Unsubstantiated 2008
Hairo Franco Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 33 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2008
Paul Brauer Police Officer White male White female, 40 years old Unsubstantiated 2008
Juan Pichardo Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 26 years old Unsubstantiated 2007
Jose Caban Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 17 years old Unsubstantiated 2007
Frank Baldo Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Unsubstantiated 2006
Thomas Wright Police Officer Black male Black male, 35 years old Unsubstantiated 2005
John Andryuk Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Unsubstantiated 2005
James Slavin Police Officer White male Black female, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2005
Joseph Stynes Police Officer White male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Thomas Morton Police Officer White male White female, 49 years old Unsubstantiated 2004
Keith Walker Police Officer White male Black male, 14 years old Exonerated 2003
Joseph Bonner Police Officer White male White male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Derrick Milligan Sergeant Black male Black male, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2003
Alexander Grandstaff Police Officer White male Black male, 33 years old Unsubstantiated 2002
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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