RAW VIDEO: Alleged police brutality attack against student


Submitted: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 4:24am
Updated: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 4:42am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A friend of UNCW student Joe Gigliotti recorded this video of Gigliotti being arrested by a Wilmington Police officer in September. Gigliotti was charged with resisting arrest/hinder and delay, but says he was a victim of police brutality.

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2015 years 8 months ago

To everyone defeinding the cop…you’re missing a very important point. Wilmington PD reprimanded the officer and dropped the charges. They obviously thought he went over the line as well or they would have defended him.

As for the setup conspiracy theories? It seems your focused on the fact one of the party goes had a camera….I guess you conviently forget that ~80% of Americans have cameras on their phones. That percentage is MUCH higher among college students. It would be rarer to find a situation that didn’t end up on YouTube.

Granted the college kid was being mouthy; however, that doesn’t give the cop the right to act in the manner he did. I’ve worked with some great police officers in my life. (both as a loud mouth college student and productive, tax=paying family man) Most of whom are extremely professional and could have diffused the situation with a little humor, different body language, etc.

This is not the low standard for behavoir I want set for my Police Department, and I hope I’m not in the minority.

2015 years 8 months ago

I saw nothing wrong by the officer. Obviously there is a history of problems or the students wouldn’t have met that officer three times, or have been prepared to video to “create” an incident. I don’t care of the students background, whether he is over-privileged or not, all I see is someone who does not treat the officer with the same respect he thinks he himself deserves. He was treated exactly as his actions determined he would.

2015 years 8 months ago

Though the LEO(Law Enforcement Officer) Was Gentle compared to what I have witnessed countless times, He entered the house without a warrant. Noise complaint is a simple infraction, and a ticket at the door. It is not justification to enter a Home, let alone take a Home owner/renter into custody and be physical with him. Its not Lippy to demand officers of the Law to Obey it. However, his communication skills is representative of the American education system that seeks to dull the rational faculty for such makes better subjects. You, writer are as well a Product of that dumbing down. Your expression that this young man should have been tased, illuminates your own internal issues. though you may be upset with noise makers, and they should check their externalities, your demand for force and or coercion shows you to be a Brute. Your demand that one ought to shut up and Obey, shows you are a trampled subject with no pride or Character. Liberty is tumultuous, and you clearly prefer the comfort of passivity and docility. As your wishes become met in the growing use of arbitrary force in this society, you will soon find you and your collective communitarians faced with more coercion and oppression at your door. Such is not the fault of the police, but the fault of you subjects demanding they do harm on your behalf. You are the Button pusher for force, and are the guilty one for the institution that acts on your behalf. It is said, in a democracy, you get exactly what you deserve. As a Brute, you clearly deserve a government that rules by Brute force, for your intellect is Lacking, and you are likely incapable of self reliance, and direction. Mental midgets such as yourself need Giants to rule their life, so they don’t hurt themselves. Government by arbitrary Force and Coercion is Illegitimate. Force is for self defense, and the initiation of it arbitrarily is violence. You have requested violence. Shame on you.

2015 years 8 months ago

If this is considered police brutality, then this country is in even more trouble. If this were the days of Wyatt Earp, he would’ve been pistol whipped and thrown in jail until he could sober up. We are turning into a customer service loving spinless jellyfish whimpy society.

Another Victim of WPD Brutality
2015 years 8 months ago

WECT has pulled the comments explaining the police misconduct behind this picture, but trust and believe Wilmington police officers can do whatever they want and never face consequences for their actions…

As someone who went to the ER twice because of 1 officer’s use of unnecessary force, Wilmington residents need to realize that any sense of safety the police are supposed to instill just doesn’t exist in this town…

I would suggest that this kid get in touch with the WPD’s Office of Professional Standards, but it won’t help. They’ll gladly listen to what you have to say though, and discourage you from pursuing any justice in the matter… don’t forget they’re all on the same team and are NOT looking out for Wilmington residents….and this isn’t conspiracy theory, it’s 1st hand experience.

Until someone starts policing the Wilmington police, everyone should be sure your phone is charged and ready to record video…Rodney King just taught WPD how to not get caught.