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.


  • Guest, Just Another says:

    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”.

  • steve says:

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

  • octavia says:

    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?

  • Guest123456789 says:

    “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)

  • Cam says:

    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?

  • ac says:

    Officer young is a great policeman and role model. The guy was a brat, a loud, uncooperative brat. This was 3rd trip to house. No brutality, just shut up and cooperate when an authority figure is around. That is what is wrong with our schools and society. Also, he said “most” people drinking in his house were of the age, so there were underage drinkers. It is a shame the media even acknowledges set-up crap like this.

  • Party goer that night says:

    1. There was NO noise complaint at Joe Gigliotti’s house that night.
    2. The officer only came to the house ONCE that night.
    3. The officer acknowledged the house was NOT too loud and that he was only there to investigate underage drinking.
    6. Officer Young has been witnessed doing similar acts at other parties, hence why the phrase “this is the third time” is heard in the video.


  • collegeacresresident says:

    That officer is the only defense between any type of civilization left in this neighborhood and utter chaos. He is the victim, but it’s UNCW, the DA and the Powers that be that don’t have his back. The house that is RENTED in that video is a parking lot for students who do not wish to pay to park on campus, frequent parties and if you look at it, you can see the owner does not care one iota about the neighborhood or have respect for single family homes or our quality of life just by the condition of that home. the garage is a bar in and of itself. The most shocking thing about this is that the police dropped the charges. I can imagine that call from some entitled parent to UNCW to then the council to then the police. We, the victims of these types of students, see it every day, where they raise their voices to officers, stand down on them, speak inappropriately, have this entitled attitude, and know that NOTHING will happen because the dog and poney show from UNCW with the “task” force is just that. Only Chief evangelous has stepped up to protect us. UNCW could care less, the owners of the rental units could care less, city council could care less, and code enforcement things that if it ain’t downtown it don’t matter. These are just precious little white children and they just need a slap on the hand. Just ask the DA when a house in a near by townhome community is busted for dealing and the STUDENT not only does not loose the home he owns but does no time. Or when a young person dies in a fight and when the cops come there are drugs everywhere and teh DA does not prosecute the poor little young people. Yep we see it everyday, somebody calls the head over at UNCW, they call the DA and it all disappears. Guess those calls don’t happen in Creekwood or north Fourth. There are more drugs and crime going on within 500 yards of UNCW’s campus than anywhere in the city but these “students” are entitled, safe, why they are just “teenagers acting up” and deserve a second chance while all the black kids downtown go to jail. Yeah we get it. And while that happens, the neighborhood goes to hell, quality of life goes down. Families are victimized you gotta love the priviledge of it all and those who all it.

  • guest8675309 says:

    Probable cause, which this officer had. He most likely saw some open containers of alcohol, under age students, etc…etc…learn the law before you post….dude….

  • Beach Bum says:

    Hey man,

    Cool story bro.

    Oh yeah, officer young isn’t the only police officer in town.

    Thought I’d give you that free bit of info for you to chew on kiddo.

    Best of luck. Bet you voted for Obama if you even voted at all.

  • Beach Bum Is a Tool says:

    My vocabulary lacks the depth to fully describe the ignorance of the person making this comment, and the comment itself.

    You haven’t seen the side of officer Young that we have. Our limited experience with EVERY OTHER WPD officer has been excellent. Joe’s charges were dropped because it’s obvious that Young was wrong.

    Your “free bit of info” is completely worthless, along with your snappy tone.

    And what the hell purpose does calling him an Obama-vote serve? I’ll tell you. Absolutely none.

    The next time you have a controlled party, it would make my day if you get dropped to the floor and arrested for having a quiet party with no cars in the front yard, or drunk yahoos screaming in the streets.

    Better yet, hopefully you’ll hit the ground hard enough that your head pops out of your ass.

  • Guest000 says:

    No need for a jury because ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED!

  • Jenny says:

    “Probable cause, which this officer had”

    Umm…what? YOU most likely don’t know the law, Commie.

    Yea dude, that’s why the officer in question got in trouble and the charges against the dude were dropped like a hot potato. Even if this had gone to court, the charges would have been dismissed quicker than you can shout,”WOLVERINES!” You can blame it on the lawyers, but you really have to blame it on the constitution of AMERICA


  • Alumni on College Acres says:

    By the way you present yourself it sounds like you could have used four years of college. I know it hurts when a great institution such as UNC-Wilmington doesn’t accept you into their program, but that’s no reason to go around upset at the world. I think you should move. Then no one will have to deal with your bitching and moaning.

  • Guesticles says:

    Nice tie, Joe. lol

  • jj says:

    Please pick me for the Jury. I would find for the police officer. This shows you what alcohol will do to you. Makes you stupid enough to start yelling at the police officer and drunk enough not to be able to walk backward.

  • Beach Bum says:

    Friendly police force? Tell the criminals, including yourself, to be nice first.

    Friendly police force? The police were called to your house for a reason.

    Friendy police force? You failed to follow instructions and comply with those instructions.

    Friendly police force? Joe Gigliotti better hope he is squeeky clean, because thanks to the internet, everyone will know all about him shortly.

    Friendly police force? Be thankful he did not rifle butt you, pistol whip you or make you ride the lightning.

    Call yo daddy, file a lawsuit and let the citizens of Wilmington buy you a new wardrobe crybaby. No such thing as half way crooks.

  • Roommate says:

    This is my roommate. It was not a setup, the officer was not invited in the house, or called to the house; he had no reason to be here. I agree with you on the WPD could be at an emergency if there was one in this small town. Joe is not a little rich boy, he works hard.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    You must be a cop or married to one. Wait until it happens to you or your son or daughter and you will sing a different tune. I don’t give a damn about the kid’s tone. The cop came right into the house. Like I stated before, there are great cops who do a great job and by the book and there are beefed up boneheads who don’t. Itnink this guy happens to be one of the latter.

  • Guest6858 says:

    No…I’m just s citizen who’s tired of the perps crying victim. Wah Wah Wah….

  • guesty says:

    The police don’t just park and go to houses, they are called by somebody. Maybe nobody in your house called, but I would bet one of your neighbors did. All calls into 911 are public record, so make a request to have that call released.

  • livesincollegeacres says:

    Well, your lacrosse playing fraternity roommate ain’t poor friend. So get over it. Perhaps you would represent your letters better if you learned how to say yes sir and no sir to officers of the law when they are called to you house, learned to live in a single family home neighborhood appropriately and acting as an agent of change and good rather than an entitled victim. If you want to have a frat house, then get your brothers together, get the money, and go build one..but get OUT of our neighborhoods..because you and the FIJI house down the road that is owned by Mr. Toler are unacceptable and someday someone is going to expose it and deal with it.

  • guest8675309 says:

    I would say take is butt to jail for acting like that, this is what’s wrong with parents today, let your kids get away with anything then when they do get into trouble, it’s like “oh he is such a sweet boy”.. Parents today are so clueless it’s funny…

  • guest8675309 says:

    Throwing them beers back. The little brat got what’s coming to him for acting that way. Grow up kids.

  • Roommate says:

    If you think this was a setup, you have never known college kids. It was early in the evening, no one was drunk, the officer had no reason to be there. He said there were no complaints from neighbors.

  • Guest1323 says:

    I dealth with many situations like this during my career as an ALE agent. If you handle the situation professionally as an officer you will come out on top. Its underage drinking and noice violations at the most. Handle the situation for what it is. You are not there trying to apprehend a fugitive or serve a high risk warrant. It is not a search warrant on a drug house. These kids will always give you some lip. If you can not handle some verbal abuse as an officer you are in the wrong profession. So do not try and tell me I am wrong on this. I made plenty of arrests in this same type of situation and never had a complaint filed against me.

  • Guest112121 says:

    You have got to be kidding me!! WWAY can put whatever spin they want on this. These spoiled college brats set that officer up. How convenient for the guy arrested to raise his voice at the perfect time and his buddy in the back ground saying “i got this” with the phone. The officer was most likely alone in a house with drunks. Officer safety first!! I am sure he and any other officer would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Why don’t WWAY talk to the poor neighbors in that area and get their opinions about all these innocent kids. Please!!!!!!!

  • Guest28403 says:

    Guess you like being a victim then.. Police Officers work for we the taxpayer and like any other profession there are good and bad cops and this one is a thug period. The thing is cops have yet to learn there are consequences to acting like a jackbooted thug because while it used to be somebodys word against a cop, they cant deny video evidence to their actions and should act like they are always on tape/video because chances are somebody IS taping them. Sadly people think this has only become a recent trend but the accusations of police excessive force have been around for a long time its just now we the people have the ability to use visual evidence to prove we are right about whats been going on. If an officer abuses his authority he needs to go period. There are plenty of decent hard working honest and faithful willing to protect and serve we dont need guys with overinflated egos on a powertrip with a badge and gun violating our Constitutional rights. We’ve allowed so many violations go on that I guess people like the one above just think its ok that the government does whatever it wants to its people. Remember, Government serves US not the other way around.

  • RSimmons says:

    Arguing your rights with cops is never productive,it just makes them angry and you end up getting the crap beat out of you.

  • Guest12345 says:

    Looks to me like this bratt threw himself on the floor! What a mouthy jerk! Just cooperate dumby!

  • Guestcameraman says:

    This isn’t even the full video, and you don’t know the situation. The cop forced his way in bumping Joe with his chest. He said there were multiple cars in the driveway when there was only 2…3 people live there. The other cops that responded said officer young reported over the radio joe was resisting arrest when he clearly wasn’t. They also watched the video and said to me personally that officer young was in the wrong. These people complaining about students, you live on college acres one block over from a university.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    In what way was this officer reprimanded? When will the police and other government entities stop hiding behind “personnel” matters and disclose the facts. He is a public servant and the public has a right to know. Sometimes these things smell to high heaven.

  • Guest6858 says:

    I think what stinks is your post. Looks like a setup to me. Some poor little rich boys with too much time on their hands, wasting the WPD’s time when they could be at an emergency or where someone really needs them. I do not see police brutality. I see a brat who needs to keep his mouth shut.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    In what way was this officer reprimanded? When will the police and other government entities stop hiding behind “personnel” matters and disclose the facts. He is a public servant and the public has a right to know. Sometimes these things smell to high heaven. This officer was out of line and in my opinion and did not need to throw this guy to the ground. Respect the Law??????

  • guest8675309 says:

    Was very cooperative? Looks to me the officer did what was necessary to diffuse the situation. Kudos to the officer, drunk stupid students are the worst. The camera guy needs to learn how to film something. Can the camera get any more shaky? Bet this dude won’t be having any more parties anytime soon.

  • Guest7969 says:

    THE VIDEO…no police brutality there…guy had a big mouth and he should have just calmed down. HE put the officer in a position where he had to try to get him quiet…he calmed down when he got on the floor.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Having a big mouth does not warrant this. The cop basically forced his way into the house. Why did he enter without backup? He should have turned around stayed outside, waited for backup and if need be detain anyone from leaving until they could get to the heart of the matter. Apparently no one was illegally drinking, no other citations were given were they? These charges were dropped? Why? There are very good cops and there are some as evidenced here that do not know what they are doing and this is what gets people killed. Again, How was he severely reprimanded? The city needs to go ahead and call their insurance carrier because there will be a settlement forthcoming.

  • Guest61246 says:

    If you condone this type of police behaviour, you should have lived in Nazi Germany years ago, as you would have fit in perfectly. Apparently the officer had no warrant and just forced his way into a private residence and attacked an occupant. This is totally unacceptable and the officer needs his walking papers and his law enforcement certification taken away. He is a perfect example of why law enforcement has lost so much respect.

  • DITTOS says:

    If this video doesn’t upset you…then I got nothing for you. This low life cop has no business wearing a badge or being in any authority position. This isn’t Germany. No cop should have the right to enter anyone’s house when nobody’s life is in danger without probable cause or warrent. He should be fired on the spot!

  • guest8675309 says:

    In Germany police can enter any house at any given time? Wow I did not know that. Also it’s spelled warrant not warrent, learn how to use correct grammar before you post.. You must be a educated college kid. LOL!!

  • PublicAvenger says:

    If the cop had been dispatched out there, a 3rd time, how is he trying to bully the guy ? Maybe the cop should just let him keep making noise, and allow you, and a dozen other neighbors to stay awake until daybreak, when this poor victim, finally decides to turn his music down.

    According to the city statute for noise, they are suspose, to give warnings. Obviously this didn’t work,the first 2 times, and the poor victim, left the cop no alternative, but to arrest, which is required, when the warnings are obviously ignored.

    It’s a little too convenient, that he had a camera, and flopped like a punter, when the officer tried several times to control him. And he pushed the other way. Nice try, and I admit, you created a very ugly situation. But like Hoyt Tressler, your little scheme will fail, when the rest of the story comes out.

    If this was the third time, on a constant disturbance, then the poor victim pushed the issue from a civil noise warning, to a misdemeanor arrest situation. I guesss you figure, if he was smoking pot, assaulting someone, or holding up stolen property, in the cops presence, the cop would also have to get permission, or a warrant, to enter the house. When a misdemeanor is being committed in his presence, he is obligated to arrest.

    Is this guy Hoylt Tressler’s son. I have a feeling that if the cop would have given another warning, the poor victim would have pushed the issue, and created a 4th situation. Our poor little victim, was highly motivated, and wasn’t about to give this cop an even break.

    Was this a 3rd situation ? Was it a noise violation disturbance ? I don’t know. Hopefully the truth will come out.

  • Tracie C says:

    ROFL: From the film: “Run Ronnie Run” – “Y’all are brutalizin’ me”! The kid was yelling and not moving for the officer. What, exactly, was he supposed to do? Offer the kid a cookie or do his job?

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