Atlantic City to pay $3 million in 2013 excessive force case caught on casino video

Atlantic City will pay $3 million to a Linwood man allegedly beaten by police outside the Tropicana Casino and Resort in 2013. The settlement was approved by City Council at Wednesday’s meeting. David Connor Castellani, then 20, was drunk and underage when he was escorted out of the Tropicana by officers early June 15, 2013. But it was the silent video of what happened next that garnered national attention. Castellani — who later would tell
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Atlantic City firefighters rescue 14 stuck in elevator — one by one

Jessica Gazerwitz was ready to celebrate her 21st birthday at a club in Atlantic City on Saturday night. Then, the Monmouth County woman along with friends and family piled into an elevator at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, and wouldn’t emerge until Sunday morning. The elevator got stuck between the sixth and seventh floors, trapping the 14 would-be party-goers inside. The next opening wasn’t until the 15th floor, so firefighters had to use a rope system and
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State Police seek man in attempted robbery at casino

State Police are trying to identify a man who allegedly tried to rob a  casino patron in October. The suspect allegedly pressed a hard object against the patron’s side at the Tropicana Casino Hotel on Oct. 25, claiming it was a knife, according to the report. The victim was able to push away, and the suspect fled, police said. He was captured on surveillance video. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, about 30
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Two arrested in shooting of man in casino valet area

Two men have been arrested in the shooting of a man inside a casino valet area. Xavier Smith, 25, was wounded in the shooting that started with a fight inside a club at The Quarter inside the Tropicana, police said. The battle re-ignited in the south tower’s valet area just after 2:40 a.m., said Sgt. Joe Iacovone, of the city’s Violent Crimes Unit. Police found shell casings at the scene, Sgt. Kevin Fair said. Two
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