Andrew Casciano, who police filmed themselves beating for fun in a hospital has committed suicide.
Andrew Casciano was reported to have committed suicide as his mental health continuously deteriorated after the assault.
Casciano had a $4 million lawsuit pending against the city for the assault at the time of his death.
Two cops were sent to Casciano’s home after a report of a suicide attempt in March 2018. The two cops stayed by Casciano as he was taken to the hospital.
When they reached the hospital, one video showed McAusland punching while he was sitting in a wheelchair. In a second video obtained from McAusland’s phone, hospital staff brought Casciano to a private room where the cops recorded themselves assaulting Casciano, smacking him across the face multiple times.
Here’s the video:
Two Paterson cops filmed themselves assaulting a suicidal man at the hospital and then submitted false police reports.— zellie (@zellieimani) August 10, 2019
The one cop was also charged for robbing people for drugs. And then selling it from his cop car. pic.twitter.com/h2OdBx00DU
Casciano stated at the time:
“Ever since I got punched in the face and abused at the hospital I have been having a very hard time. Now I am having trouble mostly mentally. It has been a very uneasy recovery. The officers who abused me have engraved a very negative memory that often haunts me throughout the day.”
Casciano says his suicide attempt was an extremely low moment in his life, and was worsened by the cops’ assault.
“When this incident occurred, it felt like I was being degraded to an even lower low. I have been trying to get my life in order, but it isn’t easy.”
One of the officers, Ruben McAusland had also admitted to selling drugs while on duty in his Patterson police vehicle. He was sentenced to 66 months in prison for the assault, and his term is expected to end in 2024.
The other officer, Roger Then, who admitted to pushing Casciano to the ground at the hospital was sentenced to 6 months in prison. Federal records show he has completed his prison sentence and is currently in a reentry program.
City officials declined to comment on Casciano’s death.
According to news sources Casciano died by suicide on December 23rd at the same Katz Avenue apartment where he committed the first suicide attempt that put him in contact with the cops that assaulted him.