David C. Castellani, 20, was ordered to leave the Tropicana Hotel and Casino June 15 because he wasn't 21 when the altercation began. The video shows Castellani shouting at officers who then grab him, take him to the ground and beat him into submission with clubs, fists and knees, CNN reported Wednesday. Then, as they stop the beating and appear to be trying to handcuff Castellani another police vehicle arrives and an officer lets out a police dog that attacks Castellani, biting him on the head and neck before dragging him to the curb.
Castellani, a Temple University junior, required more than 200 stitches to close his wounds and still suffers numbness on the right side of his face, attorney Jennifer Bonjean said.
Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said a departmental review is ongoing into the matter but he stands by his officers' actions.
"I stand by the officers. I stand by their actions. If the investigation bears something different, then we'll deal with it at that time," Jubilee said.
The officers involved remain on active duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
Castellani was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and aggravated assault on an officer and a canine following the incident.
The Castellani family filed suit in U.S. District Court in Camden, N.J., seeking monetary damages and to have the officers fired and banned from serving in law enforcement.
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