WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In September, a UNCW student was arrested by a Wilmington Police officer that he claims used excessive force. The student says it was a case of police brutality. You can decide for yourself.
A friend of UNCW student Joe Gigliotti recorded video of Gigliotti being arrested by Wilmington Police Officer R.S. Young. Gigliotti was charged with resisting arrest/hinder and delay, but says he was a victim of police brutality.
“He used excessive force,” Gigliotti says. “He abused his power.”
Gigliotti says there were about 15 people at his house that night, the majority of which were over the age of 21. He says when Officer Young came to his house and asked if there was any underage drinking, Gigliotti assured him there was not and says Young then forced himself inside.
In the video, you can see Officer Young dragging Gigliotti through his house and then pushing him onto the ground.
“I landed on my head and had a pretty big bump on my eye for the next week and a half,” Gigliotti says. “I also had marks on both of my arms from where he had pulled me as well as my wrists.”
After his time in jail, Gigliotti immediately filed a police brutality complaint against Officer Young. A few weeks later he says Wilmington Police Internal Affairs informed him that Young had been severely reprimanded and Gigliotti’s charges were dropped.
However, Gigliotti says police brutality is nothing new with Wilmington college students and hopes this video will change that.
“I would rather just see them become both a more effective and friendly police force instead of the way that they are right now,” he says.
Wilmington Police spokesman Kevin Smith says an internal investigation into Officer Young was completed and says he is still employed with the department. Because it is a personnel matter, Smith could not comment any further.
According to police records, no one was ticketed for underage drinking at Gigliotti’s house the night he was arrested.
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