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Atlantic City Beat-Down

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About a month ago, 20 year-old David Conner Castellani endured a severe beating at the hands of Atlantic City police. During the confrontation David received 200 stitches, permanent nerve damage to his face and was attacked by a police dog.

The surveillance video shows a violent attack by police that all started because David was put out of an Atlantic City club for being underage.

You see in the video that after over a minute of verbal confrontation with several cops, the officers rushed Castellani, attacked him with nightsticks and then a K9 actually attacks the young man’s head and neck after he was already on the ground. David’s father explained what he thinks the video clearly shows. “He was attempting to walk away and obviously he was being taunted by these police officers who were incorrectly trained or who were attempting to extract some type of beat-down on my son,” he said.

Now, his family is caught up in an intense legal struggle while their son continues to fight both physical and psychological challenges. Their attorney, Jennifer Bonjean said that the family filed a lawsuit to try and address what they call an out of control Atlantic City PD. “It is a corrupt department and there has been a lot of notoriety because luckily it was on tape. But think about how many people in this community have been victims of the Atlantic City Police Department when there is no video,” she said.

In fact, the family has been overwhelmed with phone calls from people who claim Atlantic City cops also abused them and that this is an epidemic that is going on in that town.

Meanwhile, David still faces charges of Disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer and perhaps the most shocking, aggravated assault on a K9.

All of the officers remain on active duty and the AC police had no comment, although they initially said that they stand by their officers’ actions.

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