Students Tased by Police at Weekend Party

WILMINGTON -- A party hosted by some UNCW students got out of control Sunday morning, when police allegedly tased three students.

Wilmington police arrived at Yester Oaks Drive early Sunday morning to break up a party. Witnesses told WECT that the scene turned brutal when three college students were tased, and one of them was knocked unconscious.

According to police, they had to use a stun gun on Casey Davis, Even Pileri, and Jared Callahan, because they resisted arrest.

Kyle West, a friend of the three men arrested, claimed that police tased Callahan eight to ten times after he refused to get out of the street.

After Callahan was tased, West said Davis yelled a curse word at police, who chased Davis into the house, tased him, and beat him unconscious.

Austin Patterson witnessed the incident inside the living room. "He puts his hands behind his head and they keep hitting his hands and the back of his head until he passes out."

Patterson said police dealt one or two more blows to Davis after Davis was rendered unconscious.

Photographs taken by West showed Davis's blood on the grass.

West also took a picture of Davis in the emergency room, where he had five stitches on the back of his head.

The three arrested men were not talking to the press, but their friends were outraged.

"He woke up with blood everywhere. He had a white t-shirt on the back side, blood all down his neck," Patterson described the scene. "Golf ball sized lumps on the back of his head from where they were beating him. He also had a big gash on the back of his head, and they had to sew that up. He was petrified. He didn't know what happened."

Patterson said that Pileri was tased after he refused to turn off a video camera he was using to shoot the scene.

Police said they were investigating the incident, but they were confident that the officers who responded to the party acted professionally.

"When we get there, and encounter large crowds that are not going to cooperate," said Officer Warren Kennedy, "the officers are going to take the appropriate enforcement actions."

New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said that the DA's office is also investigating the incident.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer