Couple attacked by casino security: Still no word from Harrah's
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The couple attacked by security at Harrah's Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City says they still have not been contacted about compensation for mounting medical bills as a result of the scuffle.
Our original story aired three weeks ago and since has been one of the most popular stories on our website.
Fox 4 obtained the security footage of the scuffle that shows a man being slammed to the ground, his wife taken away kicking and screaming and their 17-year-old daughter being tackled by security officers.
Since the story aired, they say they have received an outpour of support from complete strangers.
"It makes me feel that there's love out there," said John Binns, "people really care about people."
The family told Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover that on top of showing support, people are ready to take action.
"They immediately e-mailed the corporate headquarters telling them how barbaric it was and how they will never step foot in there again," said Renee Binns.
Fox 4 received similar responses from viewers.
"I would bet if a few hundred people canceled their booking over this it would warrant a response from them," Nick commented on Facebook.
"They were attacked and I hope they get to own the casino," said Jonny from Fort Myers.
A law enforcement expert that trains security officers even chimed in.
"It would be excessive and unreasonable force and probably even rise to the level of an assault," said Rick McCann, CEO of Private Officer International.
Four in Your Corner's Julian Glover reached out to the casino again and finally received a response.
A Harrah's spokesperson said "we have a long standing policy of not commenting on pending litigation."
The family told Fox 4's Julian Glover that the casino is brushing them off altogether and refuses to help with medical expenses as a result of the scuffle.
They have a "we'll deal with you when we feel like dealing with you attitude," said John.
The family tells Fox 4 that there are criminal charges against the security guards with a court date set for late August. The family also tells us they are looking to file a civil lawsuit and are seeking upwards of one million dollars.