So what is this data?
This is a demonstration project and does not represent the universe of data of police misconduct in New York City. It represents data from three sources: payroll information through NYC's Open Data Portal and FOIL; BuzzFeed’s 2018 publication of disciplinary summaries from 2011-2015; and federal lawsuits filed in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York from January 2015-June 2018. In addition to gathering publicly available documents online, we did an additional review of these documents and occasionally redacted personal information, names of minors, social security numbers and addresses unrelated to the incident underlying the lawsuit. To the extent we have additional lawsuits that preceded January 1, 2015 or come after June 30, 2018, they were also typically learned about through searches on PACER or other public websites. These lawsuits are viewable on individual officer pages but will not be found through the sorting or filtering features on the lawsuit, command, officer or network of association pages.
Information for other sources of information, such as complaints filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board or more recent disciplinary summaries from the NYPD are not accessible. See the section on 50a for more information.
The purpose of presenting this demonstration project is to show how transparency can improve our collective ability to identify trends of misconduct across, for example, different types of allegations, commands and units that could inform policy debates, improve public discourse about police misconduct allegations and be a resource for people who witnessed or were harmed by police misconduct to help them decide what to do next.
Commands, which can be precincts or units officers are assigned to, are available for sorting when they were identified in the federal complaints as the command officers were acting out of. Commands are not identified in every federal lawsuit and that information may be incomplete in many entries. In some entries, commands may have been identified in a lawsuit because it appeared to the lawyers who wrote the complaint that officers were acting from, for example, a specific precinct but were actually acting from, for example, Strategic Response Group. For the lawsuits that do identify commands, use sort to view commands based on the total settlement amounts of lawsuits or by the number of lawsuits identified in a complaint.
Officers can be filtered by whether they are associated with a lawsuit or a disciplinary allegation, county and rank. For officers associated with lawsuits, you can sort based on their last name, total settlement amounts associated with 2015-2018 lawsuits they’re named in, the number of 2015-2018 lawsuits they’re named in, county, salary and overtime. The 2015-2018 lawsuits the officers are named in can also be filtered by the types of charges underlying the alleged encounter, the types of allegations, the county of incident, the force detail, etc. Note that on individual officer’s pages, we may have additional lawsuits that were filed prior to 2015 or after June 2018 and/or lawsuits filed in state court, plus links to news stories and other public links. These additional lawsuits will not appear on the Network of Associations pages or any of the sorting/filtering pages. Officers associated with disciplinary allegations can be sorted according to the type of disciplinary allegation.
What this is not:
With the exception of data about misconduct made public by BuzzFeed last year, this data is not from civilian complaints of misconduct made through either the New York Police Department or Civilian Complaint Review Board.