Atlantic City, NJ -- A terrible injustice is transpiring in New Jersey this week as a man was just indicted for assaulting police officers after surveillance footage clearly shows one of the worst cases of police brutality ever caught on film.
Connor Castellani, 22, of Linwood, will stand trial for three charges; aggravated assault on a police officer, a third-degree crime; resisting arrest with threats or use of force or violence, also a third-degree crime; and inflicting harm on a law enforcement animal, a fourth-degree crime.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of June 15, 2013. Castellani was kicked out of the Tropicana resort for being underage.
The entire stop was caught on video after Castellani left the casino. Officers stopped him, questioned him, made him empty his pockets and eventually sent him on his way.
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However, after Castellani walked away he is seen on video yelling something at the officers; a mistake that nearly cost him his life. After a brief verbal exchange, police run up to the 20-year-old man and proceed to beat him to the point of hospitalization.
After he was on the ground, laying on his stomach a K-9 officer showed up and sicced his German Sheppard on the already subdued man. Apparently letting a dog tear your neck apart is a punishable offense as one of the charges Castellani faces is inflicting harm on a law enforcement animal.
The K-9 officer, Sterling Wheaten, has been named in at least 6 other lawsuits. The lawsuit filed in 2013 by Castellani and family makes it his seventh.
Now that Castellani has been indicted for these ridiculous charges, the officers are subsequently cleared on the allegations of excessive force.
We find ourselves in backwards times in 21st century America. In today's society, a man can be beaten and maimed to the point of needing hundreds of stitches to put him back together, and the six people who did this to him are said to be the victims. A shameful situation indeed.