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Casinos Civil Rights Violations that Rocked Atlantic City

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Just like most cities in the United States, Atlantic City in the Garden State suffered horrible and eye-opening civil rights violations. Most of these incidents involve …

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The Casino Industry Effect at Stockton University in Atlantic City

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Back in 1971, Stockton University shared their building with the Atlantic City hotel and casino. The top two floors of the building were for guests to …

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3 Ideas to Integrate Parks and Casinos in Atlantic City

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Casinos Civil Rights Violations that Rocked Atlantic City

Just like most cities in the United States, Atlantic City in the Garden State suffered horrible and eye-opening civil rights violations.

Most of these incidents involve the police department of New Jersey and instead of protecting the people, they’re the ones doing the damage. Some crimes took place in the top casinos in the city.

Wheaten’s Bite

Back in June 2013, police officer Sterling Wheaten participated in an arrest that would land him in jail after 5 years. While on duty, a man was arrested near the Tropicana Hotel and Wheaten was called to the scene by his fellow policemen.

Wheaten arrived at the scene and without warning, he unleashed an attack K9 to bite the arrested man’s neck and then the former punched the man twice.

In his report, Wheaten said he attacked the man out of fear that he would grab a weapon and attack him. He also said he performed first aid to the man before the ambulance arrived.

In October 2018, the District Attorney of New Jersey looked at the case and investigated Wheaten’s alleged civil rights violations and falsifying records.

Malice in Harrah’s Casino

Harrah’s Casino was one of the biggest casino destinations in all of New Jersey back in the days, until today. But in 2013, the casino was caught in a controversy.

Attorneys Paul D’Amato and Michael Maggiano petitioned a criminal investigation about Harrah’s Casino’s beatings perpetrated by security guards.

In this story, two men Robert Coney and Sean Oaks were brutally beaten down resulting in near death experiences by completely unprovoked security guards at the casino. Coney was struck in the head with a metal baton that cracked his skull.

Oaks, on the other hand, was relentlessly beaten resulting in shattered ribs and a serious concussion after he was put down and kicked again and again.

After the beating Oaks was put in handcuffs and to his recollection, he remembers one of the security personnel suggesting to his colleagues that they break his arms if the cuffs don’t fit.

That case then shed light on other “sadistic” crimes committed by other Harrah’s security guards inAtlantic City. These violations involving security guards tormented not only patrons of Atlantic City but workers as well.

In a different surveillance video, two cab drivers were forcefully detained by security guards. The attorneys then brought the string of cases forward to the New Jersey State General and to the U.S. Attorney General.

Police harassment and brutality is not the only epidemic in Atlantic City. There are also many cases of racism and discrimination. There have been many cases of casinos, hotels and other businesses denying service to African American people that are mostly influenced by racism.

Many organizations are now pushing forward to better laws to protect locals and visitors of Atlantic City and New Jersey. Better law enforcement engagement is also being called out to promote peace of mind not fear when the police are around.

South Jersey Journal is dedicated to bringing these issues forward to inform people that this is not ok.

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The Casino Industry Effect at Stockton University in Atlantic City

Back in 1971, Stockton University shared their building with the Atlantic City hotel and casino. The top two floors of the building were for guests to check in while the other rooms underneath were classrooms.

After decades, the university opened its new campus that stands on the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Stockton University New Campus Fortified

In September 2018, the prominent Stockton University opened the doors of its new campus to hundreds of students. The massive structure is a three-story building with more than 500-bed dorms and an ocean view.

Back in 2018 the university lost out on a deal to purchase the former Atlantic Club casino for its new campus.

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It would have been the deal of a lifetime not only for the university and its board but for hundreds of students in the state of New Jersey. The deal fell through when the university wanted to transform the casino and hotel buildings.

Now, these are old structures but the deal just wouldn’t pull through given that Atlantic City’s main attraction is the casino business.

But after much work, the university still managed to buy the land and on it, build the new Stockton University.

Hundreds of Learning Opportunities

Many people thought that the university surrounded by casinos would not last. But today, the campus accommodates more than 500 students to be added to the over 8,000 students in the main campus in Galloway.

Stockholm alumnus Frank Gilliam said in an interview that even he and other people hoping for the expansion of the university were starting to accept the fact that it will never happen because “for so long the city’s image was dominated by gaming.”

Thank God, they were wrong because after only a few months of opening the new campus, there are more than 500 new students and the university is expecting that number to triple in the next coming year.

The presence of the casino industry did not stop the university from giving quality education to its students.

There are still no immediate plans if Stockton University will expand its territory further. For now, the entire University is focused on providing the best academic programs they can to students.

3 Ideas to Integrate Parks and Casinos in Atlantic City

More and more people are driving and even flying to New Jersey to experience the garden state. There are too many places to visit in Atlantic City. Other than the Boardwalk, the Steel Pier, the Absecon Lighthouse and other attractions, Atlantic City’s parks are now among the topmost visited destinations in the state.

Visitors or tourists are asking for more and most of their demands has something to do with casino games. Some people, especially adults are asking for kid-friendly slots in parks or in casinos for kids to play with.

That way, the adults can enjoy Atlantic City for what it really is and at the same time bring the kids with them.

Here are some of the topmost pushed out park revitalization ideas for the parks of Atlantic City.

Slots for Kids

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That’s right, many of the locals and tourists are asking private companies, casinos and organizations to set up slots for children at the most visited parks in Atlantic City like Altman Playground, Brigantine Beach and AC Waterfront Sculpture Walk.

It’s hard to really get your head wrapped around this idea but there are already many sponsors willing to go through with it. Also, there are a number of kid-friendly casino games like online slots. These slots are inspired by characters or themes that are well received by the youth.

Miniature Casinos

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There’s mini golf so why can’t there be a miniature casino for young people. There are so many casino games for kids like Beat the Dealer, Giant Dice Games, Homemade Bingo, Go Fish and more.

With this idea, kids are required to pay an entrance fee and they can go crazy with all the casino games. It will also give them a chance to socialize with other kids. This will surely take the trip to the park experience to a whole new level.

Clean Up Drive Sponsored by Casinos

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This idea is coming from the locals, but they are urging the big casinos to fund massive clean-up drives all over the state starting at parks. They believe a revitalization process for the entire state can start from cleaning the most visited parks in Atlantic City.

That’s why there is now a call to action towards casinos to take part and create a reward-based system for all contributors. That reward will, of course, take place at their casinos.

It’s time the casinos in New Jersey played a bigger role in enriching the community not only of Atlantic City but the entire state.