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20 Year Old Temple University Student Sues Atlantic City Police


A Temple University student has filed a lawsuit that claims he was wrongfully arrested and beaten by officers of the Atlantic City Police Department.

On June 15, 2013, 20 year old David Connor Castellani of Linwood, was told to leave the Tropicana Atlantic City casino for being under aged.  David, who admitted that he was drunk, left the casino.  Being separated from his friends, he called from his cell phone so they could leave Atlantic City and go home.  About 4 police officers standing outside said something to David, who said he then asked them for directions to where his friends said they would pick him up.

David crossed the street, but rather than ignore the cops, he exchanged words with them. David was then rushed by at least 5 cops, taken to the ground, and beaten with fists, kicked and hit with night sticks. It didn’t stop with that.   A canine unit pulled up.   The officer exited the police SUV with a German Shepherd dog that immediately began biting David on the head and back of his neck.  Surveillance video shows that David was on the ground at the time, still constrained by the cops.  David has said that he was handcuffed as the dog bit him, and each time the dog dragged him off the curb, the cops pulled him back and continued beating him.

The incident was captured on surveillance video.

“I look at that video and I know I am lucky that my son is alive. I don’t want any other parent to have to go through this; I don’t want any other kid to go through this,” Terri Castellani said.
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