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Atlantic City Cop Ordered to Pay $250,000 From Own Pocket to Citizen He Abused (VIDEO)

Atlantic City Cop Ordered to Pay $250,000 From Own Pocket to Citizen He Abused (VIDEO)


By Carlos Miller
December 22nd, 2013

We’ve seen so many police abuse lawsuits settled before making it to trial where cops admit no wrongdoing while guiltily dishing out thousands of taxpayer dollars that it’s surprising to see one actually make it to trial.

And it’s absolutely flabbergasting to see it result in a cop ordered personably liable.

The cop is none other than Sterling Wheaton of the Atlantic City Police Department, whom we became familiar with back in September when he drove up to a group of five fellow officers beating on a suspect and sicced his dog on him in an incident caught on surveillance video.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppOih2uiOYQ

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Police are bored. That was

Police are bored. That was one f'd up video.

Bunch of thugs beating up a kid, nice job lads.

If I was their Chief, I'd fire every one of them.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Let's set a trend, physically thumbs down police oppression

as you see it within your personal life. Maybe it's you passing by a car that is pulled over on a median that is probably getting a citation, maybe they could be possibly getting harassed as your driving by (obviously no way of knowing). Maybe your going to the mall to buy some gifts and you see someone getting pulled over in parking lot as your getting out of your parked car (happened to me tonight). I know it's a stretch to thumbs it down without knowing the whole scope, but I see these police tactics as simple oppression on people, from the over aggression of DUIs to any citations. I just think that others may see this and possibly question why someone would do that, just a marketing thought. And if your driving by this type of detainment situation, the folks driving behind you might understand you disagree by seeing you hold your hand out with your thumb down, maybe they might at least question why you might disagree, or maybe they might think your an idiot, but what if they saw someone else do it somewhere else. Obviously the cop won't see it probably unless you have a passenger do it, but it's about the people around you that see it, if the officer notices, even better, but it makes me think of power of this impression in a digital age because of youtube's method of liking or disliking a video. Crazy thought, but I could see this catching on like a trend, or at least an obscure method that might get strangers to question this. Crazy thought, but it seems like a noticeable way to disagree with their oppression.

kind people rock

I belive this qualifies for armed action agianst the cops invol.

That kid was obviously subject to something that could have killed him and in some states it would have been legal to shoot every cop that hit him.

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.

"in some states it would have been legal"

Oooooooooh we're gonna have to correct the perceptions here. "Legal" i.e. on the books someplace means NOTHING. Try to avail yourself of that right, well show me the % of cases that win on this.

There are many rights that will cost you your life to exercise. At this point they are tissue paper and window dressing. And you know it.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Police dogs don't just attack anybody---

They are COMMANDED!!!

What jerks those padded jurymen were! No doubt they had their "friends" on the jury. I should know. I used to call jurists from the public. If the cops had pressured me, I'd have had to get what? Sympathetic jurists or a list of THEIR FRIENDS to call.

I would NOT EVER have done that, though.

Note: Anybody else noticing

Note: Anybody else noticing the pigs posting in the thread?
Just like the local papers blogs, whenever point out the abuse, you get the PR and the gang of morons out to show force so as to diminish the real bloggers.

Don't worry, paid social media goons do it all the time. Probably like some fat ass is sitting there getting paid to comment. Some fat lazy pig.

Be Your Own Media!!!

Those cops are yellow

How easy would it for them to just have ignored the guy. After all, he posed no physical threat to the officers and seemed to be in the process of walking away. It seems the conflict could have been avoided if they verbally disengaged and allowed him to walk away.

It shows tremendous bravery when five men and a trained dog assault a single person for a few choice words. I thought cops were employed - at least partly - to combat gang violence. What they did can accurately be called "jumping." Where is the restraint?

Yah but now the pig has to

Yah but now the pig has to pay 250k for being a thug.

I bet they give him all sorts of overtiming to help him in his pension scamming. I bet he gets over 3,000 hours of OT a year.....for being a thug they protect still.

Be Your Own Media!!!

For those of you wondering what he was charged with...

According to the court documents the original charge was "obstruction," and that charge was dropped. Apparently the police were there doing a report for something else because his friend had recently gotten kicked out of a casino.

Anyone with a brain knows that the real reason the police walked across the street was to beat him for mouthing off. Police with little-men complex can't stand when people "don't respect my authoriti."

In the ruling, the defendants claimed that "the Plaintiff was never struck, hit, or punched by an Atlantic City police officer."


After they all got caught lying, they tried to claim immunity from prosecution because they were 'on duty.' During the trial they managed to convince the jury that the nightstick beating was standard protocol when somebody 'resists arrest,' even if the arrest was illegal.

Those cameras really saved him, but for the jury to only find fault in the dog and not in the nightstick beating is a real shame.

Ive always been for limited

Ive always been for limited government. These incidents which are happening pretty much daily now....makes for a strong argument for anarchy. Anything beats this police state known as Totalitarianism. Like watching Egypt or Bahrain play out....in America.
Sad thing, there will always be some asshole willing to take the paycheck. I'd never want to be one of them. But that's why we see these incidents daily, cause bad people have taken over. Cowards at that, all of them. Just watch the video. Tell me these are brave first responders, any of them.

Be Your Own Media!!!

You're following the natural progression of libertarian thought.

If our greatest experiment in limited government has failed, we eventually have to accept the fact that government cannot be restrained. A voluntary society is the only logically and morally consistent conclusion.

I'm surprised they waited as long as they did to pound him

Is this kid mentally challenged? I ask honestly because his persistent verbal assault towards the officers seemed random and unprovoked.

Anyways, it seems Karma made the rounds that night straight through this settlement.

Be Kind to One Another!

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I'll reply to myself since many people are getting worked up


I was surprised, considering the typical nature of police reactions, that they didn't jump him as soon as he even began to walk in their direction.

WHAT I WAS ASKING, was if anyone knew if this young man is mentally sound or not. I didn't ask if he was "Retarded" or something disrespectful other than the Politically Correct "Mentally Challenged".


Maybe he was intoxicated or high on something, I don't know... THAT'S WHY I ASKED THE QUESTION. BUT many people want to just BASH THE PIGS for what they did, and rightfully so. I DON'T DISAGREE!!

GET A GRIP PEOPLE!!! Don't get so emotional and attack someone for asking a legit question. LIBERTARIANS SEE ALL POINTS OF VIEW NOT JUST THE OBVIOUS ONES!! GROW UP! It's hot-headed people like YOU that get their asses beat by cops for acting tough.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

On You Tube....

....do a search for "Officer scaredy pants". What happens there?

It's called Freedom of Speech.

Indeed, it is.

Maybe if David had a camera filming them things would have played out differently, but I doubt it. I'm sure the environment had a lot to do with it too. One is a club district where you know there are going to be people acting out of line and drunk so the AGRO levels will be way up. And if the cops were in a "pack" like that in that environment, then they just feed off of it.

The other environment is a cop taking advantage of screwing people out of more money for higher fines and getting called out on it and then his buddies too. There was even a cop that showed and received respect, which was kind of cool to see.

These things are unpredictable on either extremes. I took no sides even though people seem to have read it that way.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Is this pigspeak?

Is this pigspeak?

Be Your Own Media!!!

So if you yell at police officers - five of them have the right

to come and beat the crap out of you - like gangsters?

Is that what we pay them for?

Is there some law you can point out that specifically says five police officers get to beat the crap out of someone who verbally assaults them?

Maybe... just maybe...they had the right to arrest him. Cuff him. Put him in the police car and take him to the station on charges of verbal assault (maybe?), disturbing the peace, even disorderly conduct....maybe.

But aside from him being an armed ninja or something - attacking them first - what right do five police officers EVER have to attack one guy and beat the crap out of him with night sticks no matter what he said?

And you KNOW that if he had fought back even slightly and as futile as it would have been they would have nailed him for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. So under want conditions in a civilized society do they have the right to assault him, like they did, even without the dog?

Never implied any of that so... nice story bro.

I agree with everything you said. I have no clue how people assume I condoned anything that happened AFTER what I am asking about. Was there something this kid was on? What was the "trigger" to his anger at the cops? Maybe he has a medical condition or something. It just seemed like odd behaviour especially to police thugs. Everything that happened the moment they laid hands on him was completely unnecessary AND criminal.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You're a pathetic example of

You're a pathetic example of a libertarian. Verbal assault? I assume you agree with the Nazi's, I mean police, when the laws say they can abuse us but we can't abuse them right? And I'm sure you agree that we should all do what the good officers tell us to do right? And I'm sure you agree that cops should he able to lie to us, but it's a crime for us to lie to them. Now be a good little slave and keep your mouth shut.


So because I asked why the kid was losing his sh*t on the cops, THAT QUESTION somehow translated to me condoning the reaction of the police? Seriously?

I have no choice but to shut my mouth because such "reasoning" has left me speechless.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"verbal assault" ??

odds are, you are the one mentally challenged.

Oh, I'm sorry, was he singing them a song?

He kept on turning his attention and what seemed like yelling at the officers. One second he was on his phone and the next he was just verbally "blasting" them.

Did you watch a different video than I did?

And I was asking honestly, so spare me your childish insults and have a conversation about it.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


your honesty and lack of irony is such a conversational-starter that I couldn't help but agree - I will now advocate for police brutality

Said no person ever.


Your narrow-mindedness and lack of respect is such a conversation-ender.

Advocated police brutality?

Said I, never.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I'll be rolling down my

I'll be rolling down my window and yelling some things whenver someone has someone pulled over because of you. OINK OINK

Be Your Own Media!!!


That doesn't even make any sense.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

those cops in atlantic city

those cops in atlantic city are thugs....they harrass innocent people walking down the street that they dont like the look of, or if you look at them wrong you will be walking down the street and they will ask you for your id for no reason.while hookers walk by and they wave and smile at them ....that place is a shit hole ..i wont go to the casinos anymore i will not support that hell hole

I've been to Phillie and NJ

I've been to Phillie and NJ (Atlantic City side). One thing I smelled was mafiosa. I'm sure they are all on the take in those parts. It's what they are.

Be Your Own Media!!!

That's the way it should be

It would certainly get the police to think twice before using excessive force. I would even err in favor of the cops as a general rule (since I'm sure it is a legitimately tough job). But when the excesses get to the point that we've been seeing (anal probes, unnecessary tasering, unleashing of dogs on people who are no threat, etc) then something absolutely needs to be done. I have to wonder what runs through the mind of some of these guys. Is it that the police department has intentionally been hiring goons?

Regardless, this is a major tear in the blue curtain

Once they know they can be held personally responsible, it will go viral and will have more than a few realizing they are not invulnerable. If the City jumps in and pays this, it won't help. The Judge knew what he was doing and it's about time.