Force: Pepper Spray

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
266
Complaints
297
Allegations
324

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
Jalal Ali Police Officer White male Black female, 35 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Jalal Ali Police Officer White male Not available Unsubstantiated 2019
Daniel Castaldo Police Officer White male Not available Unsubstantiated 2019
Jalal Ali Police Officer White male Not available Unsubstantiated 2019
Jalal Ali Police Officer White male Black female, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2019
Louis Depergola Sergeant White male Other Race female, 29 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2019
Katia Jasmin Detective Black female Refused female, 27 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2018
Katia Jasmin Detective Black female Not available female Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2018
Jesse Trap Police Officer White male Black female, 16 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2018
Daniel Sandberg Police Officer White male Not available Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2018
Nicholas Albergo Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Hugh Herbert Police Officer White male Black male, 45 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2018
Colin Kogan Police Officer White male Black male, 28 years old Unsubstantiated 2018
Mike Suarez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 22 years old Exonerated 2018
Katia Jasmin Detective Black female Unknown not described, 24 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2018
Katia Jasmin Detective Black female Black female, 38 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2018
Andrew Nash Detective White male Black male, 22 years old Exonerated 2018
Ted Saintgerard Police Officer Black male Black female, 52 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2018
Mohammed Rios Detective Hispanic male Black male, 34 years old Unsubstantiated 2017
Evan Mele Police Officer Hispanic male Unknown Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2017
Evan Mele Police Officer Hispanic male Black female, 23 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2017
Evan Mele Police Officer Hispanic male Not available male Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2017
Evan Mele Police Officer Hispanic male Unknown not described Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2017
Evan Mele Police Officer Hispanic male Not available male Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2017
Leonardo Viera Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 20 years old Exonerated 2017
Bobby Glover Police Officer Black male White male, 37 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2017
Evan Mele Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 30 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline A) 2017
Brian Coffey Police Officer White male Black male, 55 years old Exonerated 2016
Sajit Tomy Police Officer Asian male White male, 31 years old Exonerated 2016
Herman Lai Police Officer Asian male Black female, 17 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2016
Manuel Gutierrez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 32 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2016
Hugh Herbert Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2016
Sajit Tomy Police Officer Asian male White male, 33 years old Exonerated 2016
Stephen Loffredo Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 45 years old Exonerated 2016
Sajit Tomy Police Officer Asian male Hispanic male Exonerated 2016
Robert King Sergeant White male Black male, 40 years old Exonerated 2016
Joseph Foss Police Officer White male Black female, 36 years old Substantiated (Formalized Training) 2016
Jay Rivera Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 48 years old Exonerated 2015
Ray Dutton Police Officer White male White female, 52 years old Exonerated 2015
Hector Vargas Police Officer Hispanic male Refused male, 37 years old Exonerated 2015
Brian Kovarik Police Officer White male Other Race male, 16 years old Exonerated 2015
Stephen Loffredo Police Officer White male Black male, 48 years old Exonerated 2015
Dalsh Veve Police Officer Black male Black female, 67 years old Exonerated 2015
John Zorrilla Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 36 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2015
Matthew Lombardo Police Officer White male Other Race male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Timothy Kraft Police Officer White male Black male, 25 years old Exonerated 2015
Beatrice Shafidiya Sergeant Black female Black female, 44 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2015
James Mccullough Detective White male Hispanic male, 37 years old Exonerated 2015
Matthew Dias Police Officer White male Black male, 25 years old Exonerated 2015
Kappa Farid Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2015
Kyle Stanley Police Officer White male Black male, 48 years old Exonerated 2015
Jean Francisco Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 23 years old Unsubstantiated 2015
Mobeen Yasin Police Officer Asian male Hispanic male, 29 years old Exonerated 2015
Jaspreet Gill Police Officer Asian male Asian male, 22 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2015
Derrick Kreckmann Police Officer White male Unknown female, 34 years old Exonerated 2015
Joel Crooms Police Officer Black male Black female, 67 years old Exonerated 2015
Tatiana Cruz Police Officer Hispanic female Other Race male, 25 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2014
Kevin Cox Police Officer Black male Black male, 29 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Thomas Ramirez Detective Hispanic male White male, 23 years old Exonerated 2014
Thomas Ramirez Detective Hispanic male White female, 18 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2014
Juan Rodriguez Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 15 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline B) 2014
Michael Ashford Police Officer White male Black female, 12 years old Exonerated 2014
James Lagaris Police Officer White male Hispanic female, 47 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2014
Nelson Nin Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 32 years old Exonerated 2014
Edwin Villanueva Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 38 years old Exonerated 2014
Thomas Ramirez Detective Hispanic male White female, 18 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
John Zorrilla Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 28 years old Exonerated 2014
Avidan Santiago Police Officer Hispanic male Unknown male Exonerated 2014
Jordan Lomba Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 24 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Eduardo Perezromero Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 34 years old Exonerated 2014
Kenneth Douglas Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 41 years old Exonerated 2014
Brian Benvenuto Police Officer White male White male, 32 years old Exonerated 2014
Paul Chierico Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Kevin Cox Police Officer Black male Black male, 37 years old Exonerated 2014
Evans Mazile Police Officer Black male Black male, 20 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
John Ferrara Sergeant White male Hispanic male, 19 years old Unsubstantiated 2014
Gerald Stlouis Police Officer Black male Black male, 21 years old Exonerated 2013
Dane Stcyr Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 22 years old Exonerated 2013
Steven Weiss Lieutenant White male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2013
Anthony Ricciardi Police Officer White male Black male, 22 years old Substantiated (Command Discipline) 2013
Jared Hospedales Sergeant Hispanic male Black male, 33 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2013
Michael Doyle Lieutenant White male Black male, 31 years old Exonerated 2013
Alexis Aguirre Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 41 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
Byran Pitts Detective Black male Hispanic male, 53 years old Exonerated 2013
Harish Mansharamani Police Officer Hispanic male Hispanic male, 23 years old Exonerated 2013
Eric Stclair Police Officer White male Unknown female, 38 years old Exonerated 2013
Michael Fitzgibbon Police Officer White male Black male, 45 years old Exonerated 2013
Scott Berger Police Officer White male Black male, 29 years old Exonerated 2013
Joseph Matzinger Captain White male Black male, 24 years old Substantiated (Charges) 2013
Burt Antoine Sergeant Black male Black male, 26 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
James Lee Sergeant Asian male Hispanic female, 34 years old Exonerated 2013
Mandeep Singh Police Officer Asian male Hispanic male, 23 years old Exonerated 2013
Kenneth Douglas Police Officer Black male Asian male, 27 years old Unsubstantiated 2013
Zul Chowdhury Police Officer Asian male Hispanic female, 21 years old Exonerated 2013
Steven Malone Police Officer White male Black male, 53 years old Exonerated 2013
Andrew Beirne Police Officer White male Hispanic male, 28 years old Exonerated 2013
Sergio Delamota Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 30 years old Exonerated 2013
Christophe Beckett Police Officer White male Black male, 24 years old Exonerated 2013
Kenny Valladares Police Officer Hispanic male Black male, 18 years old Exonerated 2012
Rob Lewis Police Officer Black male Hispanic male, 30 years old Exonerated 2012
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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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