Data Transparency Initiative

Victims/Alleged Victims

The CCRB collects data on five types of individuals associated with allegations of police misconduct:

  • A complainant is an individual who files a complaint that was neither subject to alleged misconduct nor a witness to the incident.
  • A complainant/victim is an individual who files a complaint and is subject to alleged misconduct.
  • A complainant/witness is an individual who files a complaint and witnessed, yet is not the subject of alleged misconduct.
  • A victim is an individual who is subject to alleged misconduct.
  • A witness is an individual who observes the alleged misconduct.

The forthcoming data will examine only victims or complainant/victims (i.e. all victims) of alleged police misconduct.

Note: Providing ethnic/racial, gender and age information is optional on complaint forms. Therefore, all the data in this section pertains to provided information.

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Race/Ethnicity of Victims/Alleged Victims
Outcome of Incident by Victims/Alleged Victims' Race/Ethnicity
SQF by Victims/Alleged Victims' Race/Ethnicity
Gender of Victims/Alleged Victims
Outcome of Incident by Victims/Alleged Victims' Gender
SQF by Victims/Alleged Victims' Gender
Age of Victims/Alleged Victims
Outcome of Incident by Victims/Alleged Victims' Age
SQF by Victims/Alleged Victims' Age

 


What is the race/ethnicity breakdown of victims and alleged victims in CCRB complaints?

When race/ethnicity is known for complaints received by the CCRB, just over half of the individuals identify as Black and a quarter as Hispanic. White, Asian, American Indian and individuals identified as "Other Race" comprise less than a quarter of the remaining victims and alleged victims.

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What is the outcome of the incident associated with complaints by the race/ethnicity of victims or alleged victims?

From 2006 through 2016, around half of complaints received from Black individuals were associated with an arrest each year. During the same time, over 30% of complaints received by White individuals each year were associated with an arrest.

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How have complaints associated with stop, question, frisk or search of person (SQF) changed over time by the race/ethnicity of victims or alleged victims?

Between 2006 through 2016, the CCRB received over half of complaints containing at least one allegation of SQF from Black individuals.

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What is the gender breakdown of victims and alleged victims associated with a CCRB complaint?

Each year, around 70% of victims or alleged victims identify as male.


Note: In December 2015, the CCRB added an option to voluntarily disclose a non-binary gender identity when filing complaints.

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What is the outcome of the incident associated with complaints by the gender of victims or alleged victims?

From 2006 through 2016, the CCRB received over double the complaints from males who were associated with an arrested rather than a summons each year.

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How have complaints associated with stop, question, frisk or search of person (SQF) changed over time by the gender of victims or alleged victims?

From 2006 through 2016, males account for over 80% of the SQF complaints received by the CCRB.

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What is the age range of victims or alleged victims in complaints received by the CCRB?

From 2006 through 2016, CCRB has received complaints with individuals that ranged in age from 1 to 97 years old.


Note: A random sample was taken of victims and alleged victims that ranged in age from 1 to 10 years old. Many complaints originated from incidents where subject officers entered the victims’ residence and children were present.

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What is the age of victims or alleged victims by Ethnicity?

Black individuals consistently account for over half of victims and alleged victims in complaints received from 2006 through 2016.

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What is outcome of the incident associated with complaints by the age of victims or alleged victims?

From 2006 through 2016, around half of complaints received each year from individuals between 15 to 26 years old were associated with an arrest.

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How have complaints associated with stop, question, frisk or search of person (SQF) changed over time by the age of victims or alleged victims?

Between 2006 through 2016, the CCRB consistently received more complaints from younger individuals that contained at least one SQF allegation.

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