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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

Read more: http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/12/22/atlantic-city-c...

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Let's hope so

We'll see what happens in New Mexico.

i would like to know what the

i would like to know what the man was saying, so i cant speak on my opinions on that, but,

The threat of force no longer a threat, i dont blame the officers as much as i blame the system that teaches people to not come to the aid of those who may need aid, but to stay back and wait for the appointed services to come along and moderate peacably the situation, with imposed authority to do so, but in this case and not limited, the appointed service is the one doing the "chaos".......so what happens then, how do you protect yourselve in a system like that essentially forces people to NOT help, in situations like these, and those who would put their fingers in their ears and sing la la la, while stating that these things just dont happen, are idiots.......even if a thing is never likely to happen, you should still account for it, just incase it does........the us constitution is setup this way to, its a shame so many politicians have not understood that very basic simple concept in their "politics"

what would have happened if this was not caught on camera, how many similar instances have been swept under the rug, would stand to reason, if it happens alot, and it gets swept under the rug alot, some folks may start thinking such actions are justifiable, that their position entitles them to such force, all but guaranteeing more instead of less........i dont want the police to be robots, i just want them to understand, to us, their job, is not just a job, their being granted authority beyond the scope of an individual, if they need it, they need to respect it, at least intellectually if not naturally, and if their is abuse of said authority, then you no longer deserve it.......that is within the confines of THEIR system.......in the confines of the us constitution, they have entirely to much authority

Bugs me that it seems the abused guy ONLY won because he was

a Deputy State Attorney.

You don't abuse a higher ranking member of the police state, is the message sent here. But ordinary citizens be damned.

I mean, clearly the "citizen" was taunting police. But any time a gang of five grown men attacks a man for words - well that's no better than street gang behavior. But that was okay UNTIL a dog was brought out to bite the already down man. Somehow bringing the dog out crossed the line? Seems to me the line was crossed well before that.

All of the officers should have lost their jobs but didn't. And money was only collected from one it seems because the victim was a former Deputy State Attorney.

The police state elite could never be confident knowing that they were not at least immune from blatant police dog attacks.

What bugs me are ignorant and callous comments like yours

I didn't just read the link story but looked up others and perhaps you should do the same so you don't make inaccurate commentary.
His FATHER, not the kid, is a lawyer. I don't think there are many 20yo lawyers out there and that should be OBVIOUS! Steve Scheffler represented the kid. And if you think having one thug held responsible when all of them should have been convicted and put before a wall is because of some kind of 'privilege', then you don't know what privilege is.
The kid was thrown out of a casino for being a few months under 21. According to his parents he was trying to contact his friends and find a way to get home.
"Terri Castellani said her son still wore those handcuffs when, hours later, she visited him in the hospital after authorities allowed the 20-year-old to call home. His back and head “looked like Hamburger Helper,” she said, with more than 200 stitches needed to close his wounds.
The encounter lasted less than three minutes — with police and the K-9 seen backing away shortly after 3:12 a.m. — but the elder Castellani, who is a lawyer, said it left his son with permanent injuries, including nerve damage and muscle paralysis where the K-9 grabbed onto his son’s neck."

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Don't get your undies in a bundle for the fact that I viewed a video and didn't do extensive research before I wrote a comment.


I followed the applicable links to get to the story which said

" A jury awarded Michael Troso $500,000, half which the city must pay, the other half which Wheaton must pay, who incredulously, is still employed by the Atlantic City Police Department, despite the liability he has proven to be.

He still has three pending lawsuits, including the latest one from the video below.

According to the Press of Atlantic City:

Michael Troso was a deputy state attorney general when he was arrested at the Trump Marina Restaurant on Aug. 19, 2008. Troso charged that he was beaten by the officers and falsely arrested the night of his bachelor party.

As a result of the charges, Troso lost his job and had a shadow cast over his wedding, attorney William Buckman said.

Wheaten must pay half of the award, or $250,000 in compensatory damages. The jury found he did not owe punitive damages, which are assessed to punish a defendant.

The city is responsible for the other half."

That seems to identify the guy as Michael Troso and make the rest of my statement correct. If you have additional information then post it. Its not necessary to get all hyper and call me names.

Is it readily obvious that the guy is 20 years old? Of course not.

Does this new information JUSTIFY the attack. Of course not.

Did I JUSTIFY the attack? Not in any way.

Is was a viscous attack and there was no excuse for it. So why are YOU so upset that I didn't do extensive research and get all the details?

Are you maybe misplacing your anger? Or are you just a hot head?

Check the date on the tape....

....it is dated 6/15/2013.

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kind people rock

Only one ordered to pay? I'd be after every one of them!

Why does the guy with the dog get singled out, unless it's one at a time in the courtroom docket!

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

this is bs

the four other officers were exonerated of the charges.

apparently the line is crossed when the dog bites but not when you are beaten with night clubs.

Normally I would get excited,

But it is very likely that the criminal organization he works for will still find a way to keep him safe from consequences. In another case in Oakland, California, a cop was ordered to pay 40,000 dollars out of his own pocket for strip searching men in public. He then went to his employer, the city, and asked for 40,000 dollars. The city agreed:


As an aside, I find it kind of amazing that he's specifically charged, but not the five or six thugs that were savagely beating the man before he showed up.

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A**hole cop thug brownshirts! All those guys (in the video...not all cops please do not misinterpret me) need to be walked off the plank with cinderblocks. They are PSYCOPATHS, not protectors of the public.
And that stupid a** german shepherd nazi dog, too. Somebody euthanize that monster before it bites again.

GRRRR. This sh*t makes my blood BOIL.

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

That was exceptionally brutal

That was exceptionally brutal - unleashing the dog on a severely beat man. Beat unjustifiably. Just curious what the original argument was about - was he filming the cops?


wow!!!! great news!

Something has got to be done

about the gang problem we have in our streets! We know they where the color blue, grey and sometimes black, we just have to start defending ourselves against them.

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Something absolutely needs to be done!


Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

I don' get it

Why are you marking me down? I didn't mark you down. I was just letting you know that you misspelled a word. A very easy one too.

You misspelled a word

it is wear, not where.

All those cops are cowards.

All those cops are cowards. There is no doubt about it. All this worthless talk of bullies, and the real issue is police abuse. It's not brain damage from football, no. It's cowardice cops that will hurt, mame, and kill people, and then deny it.

Yah, these are cowards. I hope they have to look the community in the eye the rest of their life. They should be in prison for the attack.

This was not a smack in the mouth. This was a full on Rodney Allen King beatdown by cowards.

No honor in that professsion. Too many dummies. Too many cowards. Too many thugs. Too many organized criminals.

Be Your Own Media!!!

I hope it sticks

I hope it sticks

rabid animals should be taken out and shot

so i guess the other pigs got away with the gang attack?

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About time!


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