This is a demonstration project and does not represent the universe of data of police misconduct in New York City.
It represents data from a limited time period: 2015-June 2018.
It represents data from a limited source: lawsuits filed in federal court either in the Eastern or Southern Districts of New York.
It represents data from a limited subject matter: lawsuits alleging civil rights violations by New York City Police Department officers.
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.
The lawsuits available through sorting and filters were collected daily from scrapes of PACER between January 2015 and June 2018. These lawsuits can be sorted by settlement amount or county and may be filtered based on, for example, types of allegations, force detail, county, year, the types of charges underlying the arrest, etc.
For example, one could sort lawsuits by “settlement amount” and filter for the “force detail” “chokehold” to find the number of lawsuits filed between 2015-June 2018 that included an allegation of a chokehold.
Or one could filter 2015-2018 lawsuits by “types of allegation” for “unlawful entry” and sort by county to find lawsuits filed between 2015-June 2018 that included an allegation of unlawful entry.
Officers can be filtered by county and sorted 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.
For example, sort officers based on overtime and filter based on county and settlement amount to find high OT-earning officers that are also involved in settled lawsuits.
Note that on individual officer’s pages, we may have additional lawsuits that were filed prior to 2015 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.
This data was collected from allegations contained in federal civil rights lawsuits filed between 2015 to June 2018 in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York against NYPD officers for civil rights violations.
Search by officer name, shield number, lawsuit, plaintiff name or attorney drawn from lawsuit settlements since 2015.