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article imageMayor of Atlantic City asks DOJ to investigate police brutality

By Justin King     Oct 2, 2013 in Crime
Atlantic City - Mayor Lorenzo Langford called upon the Attorney General’s office of his state and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the incident that occurred outside a casino in which an unarmed man was beat by six officers and attacked by a police a dog.
David Castelleni, Jr. was ordered out of the casino for being underage. The surveillance camera video shows the incident that occurs after he was outside. Castellini suffered severed nerves from the incident. Castelleni’s parents said he was charged with aggravated assault and that the report claimed their son punched and officer and the dog.
NBC 10 of Philadelphia obtained an internal police document that shows that Officer Wheaten, the K-9 handler, was investigated 15 times by Internal Affairs from 2008 to 2010. There are at least two suits in which Wheaten was named where he was alleged to have beaten a citizen and then filed charges that were later dismissed, such as aggravated assault and obstruction of justice.
Terri Castelleni, the boy’s mother, said her son required over 200 stitches from the incident. Steve Scheffler is representing the son in the criminal proceedings said that his client was unjustifiably charged according to the video evidence. He is hopeful that the charges will be dismissed.
Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said
I stand by the officers. I stand by their actions…
It is unclear whether or not the Chief had seen the video at the time of that statement.
The Castellini Family is pursuing a civil lawsuit against the department.
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