A young man was attacked by police and a police dog after being kicked out of a casino because he was under 21
By Sergey Baranov
Originally posted on October 8, 2013
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY (INTELLIHUB) —This is going to be my shortest article so far and not because I have nothing else to say on the subject. I’ve been vocal enough writing about police brutality and criminality in the past, that reflecting on each new incident would be simply redundant.
But I will say though, that the level of insanity seen among the army of psychopaths in uniform whose salary is paid by those they are assaulting, is reaching the sky.
The problem, however, is deeper. The brutality we see is a direct consequence of the fact that the laws which are constructed to regulate the law enforcement community are not enforced.
This most recent case occurred in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where a teenager was assaulted by police and attacked by a police dog after getting kicked out of a casino for being under age.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jason Carroll, Castellani, 20, said he has total numbness on the right side of his head, and severe nerve damage. “It’s definitely the worst thing that’s ever happened to me in my life,” the Temple University junior said.
Castellani and his parents have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Atlantic City and its police department.
The arrest and beating was captured on surveillance video in the early morning hours of June 15, after Castellani was told to leave the Tropicana Casino and Resort because, he said, he is under 21.
Color of law
Color of law refers to an appearance of legal power to act but which may operate in violation of law. For example, though a police officer acts with the “color of law” authority to arrest someone, if such an arrest is made without probable cause the arrest may actually be in violation of law. In other words, just because something is done with the “color of law”, that does not mean that the action was lawful. When police act outside their lawful authority and violate the civil rights of a citizen, the FBI is tasked with investigating.
The Supreme Court has interpreted the United States Constitution to construct laws regulating the actions of the law enforcement community. Under “color of law”, it is a crime for one or more persons using power given to him or her by a governmental agency (local, state or federal), to willfully deprive or conspire to deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Criminal acts under color of law include acts within and beyond the bounds or limits of lawful authority. Off-duty conduct may also be covered if official status is asserted in some manner. Color of law may include public officials and non-governmental employees who are not law enforcement officers such as judges, prosecutors, and private security guards.
Furthermore, in many states it is unlawful to falsely impersonate a police officer, a federal officer or employee, or any other public official or to use equipment used by law enforcement officers, such as flashing lights or a fake police badge. Possession of a firearm also can enhance the penalty for false impersonation of a police officer.
Even though ‘’it is a crime for one or more persons acting under color of law willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States’’ , the violation of this law goes rampant and with impunity.
 Woman arrested on DUI charges sexually assaulted by police officers – Intellihub
 Video captures beating of college student in Atlantic City; student now suing cops – CNN
 Color of Law – Wikipedia
 Civil Rights Division – Justice.gov