New Jersey Dismisses 99% of Its Police Brutality Complaints, and Probably Will Again After Kid Attacked By Gang of Cops

Abby Zimet

An investigative report by two New Jersey newspapers finds what David Connor Castellani and many other victims of police abuse likely know: Just 1% of complaints about excessive force - aka thugs with badges beating you senseless - are accepted as legitimate and acted upon by internal review agencies meant to investigate them. The study by the Courier News and Home News Tribune found that New Jersey's sorry rate of police policing the police actually doing anything about their own alleged abuses - 7% below the already paltry national average -  held even in areas infamous for instances of police brutality: One officer was the subject of 11 complaints, all dismissed, though he was eventually arrested on attempted murder and drug charges, so there's that. In many towns, not a single complaint was recognized, with results like 0 of 203 complaints, 2 of 107, and 3 of 360 honored. Castellani, a 20-year-old Temple University student, was tossed out of an Atlantic City casino for being underage and was then inexplicably set upon by a mob of five cops, followed by a police dog under the so-called control of a so-called canine officer who has aleady faced mulltiple charges of excessive force; the cops and dog beat and bit Castellani so badly he needed 200 stitches. Afterwards, the police chief said he saw "no reason" to take any action against his officers, though the mayor has asked for an investigation. Castellani was charged with assaulting a police officer and a police dog. Really. His family is suing. Brutal video to show why. With what you'd think would be more than enough instances of similar goings-on - here, here, here, here, here, here - to convince civil authorities that the police cannot in fact police themselves.

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