David Connor Castellani was reportedly asked to leave the Tropicana Casino & Resort on June 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, New Jersey because he was too young to gamble.
After Castellani left the casino, he was questioned and searched by police, and subsequently released, according to reports.
But when Castellani walked away, he yelled something at the police, who rushed up and began beating him, reports The Free Thought Project. The incident was captured on a Tropicana surveillance video (below).
Castellani, who says he was beaten so badly that he had to be hospitalized, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest with threats or use of force or violence and inflicting harm on a law enforcement animal, after a K-9 officer turned a German Shepard loose on Castellani.
In his lawsuit against the officers, Castellani claims he was asking the police to help him find a ride home, but says the cops "mocked and ridiculed" him and a "heated verbal exchange" followed. Castellani maintains that he did not threaten the officers, but the cops "bum-rushed the plaintiff, tackled him to the ground, and began to viciously assault" him.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, the K-9 officer, Sterling Wheaten, is named in six lawsuits, plus one by Castellani, who needed 200 stitches and is undergoing physical therapy.
Castellani sued the police officers for false arrest and excessive force. A federal judge recently ruled that his lawsuit cannot be delayed by the police who want the young man's criminal charges to be tried first, reports Courthouse News Service.