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Video reveals WPD officer involved in yet another use of force incident

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A former UNCW student said he was involved in a use of force incident with a Wilmington police officer in 2012. A former UNCW student said he was involved in a use of force incident with a Wilmington police officer in 2012.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Two videos show the same Wilmington Police officer in separate incidents where use of force may have been taken too far.

Last week, the Wilmington Police Department revealed that at least one of its officers was disciplined following the forceful arrest of a drunken man in May.

Another video reveals that one of those officers, Riccardo Young, was involved in another incident caught on camera two years ago. WPD Incident reports confirm that it is the same officer.

Joe Gigliotti, a former UNCW student, said that he and his friends were hanging out one night in 2012 when Young came into his home and handcuffed him. The former student said he was dragged through his home by Young and sustained injuries during the incident.  

His friend recorded the entire incident with a phone camera.

Gigliotti said he was charged with resisting arrest, but never really knew why the officer came into his home, and said he doesn't believe the officer's actions were justified.

The former student said that the charges he faced were eventually dropped.

On Monday, Gigliotti saw video of this newest incident involving Young. Gigliotti said he's not surprised the officer's actions are being questioned yet again.

"Does he think this is actually beneficial to the person he's using the force on or what is his reasoning behind it," Gigliotti questioned.

 The former student said he thinks Young's behavior has become a problem.

"If this was an isolated case, I would say that it wasn't a problem. He seems to have a history of this and he keeps doing it. That's just my opinion," Gigliotti explained.

A WPD spokesperson previously said that Young had been suspended three times in his career, but said they could not disclose the specific reasoning behind each suspension.

The most recent suspension came on August 12 and totaled 60 hours. It is not clear if this suspension was related to the incident that took place in May.

Young was also suspended on October 8, 2012 for 42 hours, and on August 29, 2013 for 8.4 hours.

Gigliotti said the department told him Officer Young was severely punished following the incident in 2012.

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