Atlantic City Sued Over Police Beating and Canine Attack
October 02, 2013
A young man is suing the Atlantic City, New Jersey, police department after being beaten by five officers and attacked by a police dog, according to court documents.
The lawsuit was filed by 20-year-old David C. Castellani, who was attacked by police after being kicked out of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino on June 15 for being underage.
A video of the incident shows Castellani yelling at police officers after being ordered to leave the premises. Officers then grabbed Castellani, threw him to the ground, and began beating him with clubs and fists, before another police car arrived at the scene and a police dog was released. The dog attacked Castellani, causing multiple bite wounds to his head and neck, before dragging him to a nearby curb.
Castellani, a junior at Temple University, required over 200 stitches following the attack, and he still has numbness on the right side of his face, according to his attorney.
A spokesman for the Atlantic City Police Department said an internal review of the incident is underway, but the officers involved will remain on active duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
Castellani, who was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a police officer and canine, is seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages and demanding that the police department fire the officers involved in the beating.