ONLY ON 3: UNCW student claims police brutality

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Submitted: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 4:36am
Updated: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 4:32pm

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.

Watch the raw video here

“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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42 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: UNCW student claims police brutality"

Guest, Just Another
2015 years 8 months ago

I, like you, any of you, are part of society. Being “free” doesn’t mean that I have to listen to your loud party because you’re “free” to party late and loud. It doesn’t mean that you’re “free” to be a nuisance to the common good, to society.

If this is what it takes to make life, our society, OUR FREEDOM, peaceful, then beat this loud mouthed punk down. BRING IT ON. This is why we have police; to keep a measured calm, security, and peace to society, NOT to protect the FRINGE and their extremes, claiming “its their right”.

2015 years 8 months ago

Joe, you are just another loud mouth drunken looser.get a life.

2015 years 8 months ago

To me this kid just looks like a crybaby,he was thrown to the ground and dragged through his own house? Really,it looks to me like he wasn’t following the cops orders. Instead of yelling brutality, why didn’t he treat the officer with the respect he deserved as an officer of the law and not acted like stupid drunk jerk?

2015 years 8 months ago

“Wilmington Police Internal Affairs informed him that Young had been severely reprimanded and Gigliotti’s charges were dropped.”

I think everyone should watch “Project X” and learn a little something about civil rights. Scene: The cops show up, you go outside (closing the front door behind you), and say, “Hi Mr. Police Officer….etc”

And when he ask you if he can enter your house and look around, you say (politely), no….


(Cops are like vampires, if you don’t give them permission to enter, they can’t…umm..unless they have a warrant or there are exigent circumstances)

2015 years 8 months ago

Being an “authority figure” does not make you infallible! Officer Young clearly tripped that man, He also clearly violated the young mans fourth amendment right, by pushing his way into the house. I for one am sick of this “shut up and take it” mentality. Who are you to say what the rest of us should “cooperate” with? If police officers would use more discretion and do their jobs correctly, then more citizens would feel inclined to cooperate. One should never voluntarily give up any of their rights, just to cooperate with a “authority figure” who is looking for nothing more than a reason to make an arrest! Our entire society is based around certain unalienable rights. The government and by extension ‘police’, “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed,that means ‘you and I’ allow ourselves to be governed to such an extent that is constitutional. So how about we ensure that the officers we pay to enforce our laws, abide by those laws and the constitution?