Atlantic City to pay $3 million in 2013 excessive force case caught on casino video
Atlantic City will pay $3 million to a Linwood man allegedly beaten by police outside the Tropicana Casino and Resort in 2013. The settlement was approved by City Council at Wednesday’s meeting. David Connor Castellani, then 20, was drunk and underage when he was escorted out of the Tropicana by officers early June 15, 2013. But it was the silent video of what happened next that garnered national attention. Castellani — who later would tell a judge, “I wish I walked away” — is shown yelling something to the officers as he walks away, then stops several times, and eventually starts walking back toward them when he is tackled by three of the officers, and then others join in.