DM – A man was left needing hospital treatment after police punched and kneed him, struck him with batons – and set a police dog on him that bit his neck and head. David Connor Castellani, 20, was charged with aggravated assault after the incident, but is suing Atlantic City police for using excessive force. The incident occurred on an Atlantic City street in the early hours of June 5 this year. Mr Castellani had been ejected from a casino for being under-age and the footage, taken by the casino’s CCTV system, begins with him remonstrating with police officers. A short while later three officers run up to Mr Castellani just after he shrugs his shoulders, and wrestle him to the ground. Two more officers quickly join in, with one repeatedly punching Mr Castellani in the back. One of the policeman can also be seen hitting Mr Castellani on the back and on the legs with his baton as he lays face down on the road. Seconds later a police dog handler arrives, identified by NBC investigative reporters as Sterling Wheaten. The policemen restraining Mr Castellani step aside and Officer Wheaten’s dog is shown being allowed to bite him repeatedly on the neck and head. Mr Castellani does not appear to resist arrest, but can be seen clinging on to one of the officers. Castellani suffered serious wounds to his head and neck as a result of the dog’s bites, with doctors revealing that he may never be the same, according to NBC. Ernest Jubilee, Atlantic City Police Chief, told NBC: ‘I saw the tape and I saw no reason to suspend or remove the officers from their regular duties.’ The incident is, however, being investigated by the Atlantic City Police internal affairs unit. NBC discovered that Officer Wheaten had been investigated 15 times over allegations of misconduct, including 12 claims of excessive force or assault. None of the complaints were upheld.
Note to self: AC cops are NOT. FUCKING. AROUND.
Honestly couldn’t believe what I saw here. Poor kid gets unfairly pulverized by a handful of cops before they call the K-9 to come and eat his head. How does this even get started? Like what kind of insane language must a 20 year-old skinny white kid use to get this kind of treatment? My brain is swimming. Either David Connor Castellani is the greatest shit-talker in earth’s history or these cops are crooked brutalizing assholes who deserve to lose their badges.
What kind of immature police gives a shit if some punk kid calls them out? Their job isn’t to prove they’re the toughest guys in AC. Their job is to serve and protect.