The NYPD Files: Search Thousands of Civilian Complaints Against New York City Police Officers


Total complaints in this database

Abuse of Authority 20,292 allegations

An officer used police powers to take unwarranted actions, such as an unlawful search.

Allegation Type Total
Stop 2,300
Search (of person) 2,047
Frisk 1,926
Premises entered and/or searched 1,555
Refusal to provide name/shield number 1,483
Vehicle search 1,405
Threat of arrest 1,370
Vehicle stop 1,094
Threat of force (verbal or physical) 912
Question and/or stop 696
Strip-searched 556
Question 527
Other 461
Property damaged 359
Retaliatory summons 291
Entry of Premises 289
Refusal to obtain medical treatment 276
Frisk and/or search 241
Refusal to process civilian complaint 185
Gun Drawn 182
Seizure of property 178
Failure to provide RTKA card 176
Threat to damage/seize property 171
Search of Premises 159
Retaliatory arrest 147
Refusal to show search warrant 125
Forcible Removal to Hospital 120
Threat of summons 111
Interference with recording 111
Threat to notify ACS 97
Refusal to provide shield number 97
Refusal to provide name 96
Person Searched 94
Threat of force 74
Other - Abuse 70
Threat of Arrest 39
Premise Searched 31
Property Damaged 27
Search of recording device 23
Vehicle Searched 22
Threat re: removal to hospital 21
Detention 19
Photography/Videography 15
Threat to Property 13
Sexual Misconduct (Sexual Humiliation) 13
Sex Miscon (Sexual Harassment, Verbal) 11
Electronic device information deletion 11
Refusal to show arrest warrant 10
Gun pointed/gun drawn 9
Property Seized 8
Arrest/D. A. T. 6
Threat of Summons 5
Sh Refuse Cmp 5
Sex Miscon (Sexual/Romantic Proposition) 4
Improper dissemination of medical info 4
Arrest/Onlooker 4
Body Cavity Searches 3
Gun pointed 3
Sex Miscon (Sexual Harassment, Gesture) 2
Failed to Obtain Language Interpretation 2
Questioned immigration status 1
Additional design and development by Lena Groeger and Lylla Younes.

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 After the state recently repealed the law that had kept the records secret, ProPublica requested and received a database from New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates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. 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. 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.


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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