Phillip White, a 32-year-old New Jersey man from Vineland, died in police custody on 1 April. Now, new cellphone footage released by the Free Thought Project shows his final moments, and indicates what killed him.
According to the initial NBC report, officials said that the incident started around 10:53 a.m., when two Vineland police officers responded to a disorderly persons call. When they arrived, they were confronted with White. Shortly after that, NBC reports, the officers called for medical assistance. White was “handcuffed and restrained” at the time:
“Shortly thereafter, officers called for medical assistance in response to White appearing to be in respiratory distress,” a spokesperson for the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office said. “During the incident White was handcuffed and restrained.”
White was placed in an emergency vehicle and taken to the hospital, according to officials. Officials say an officer was with him at the time. At some point, White became unresponsive and medical personnel instituted CPR, according to investigators. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. What remains in dispute are the events that occurred immediately before White’s death.
Even then, however, witnesses were telling a story of police brutality. Richardo Garcia, one of the witnesses, told NBC that, “They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car. The dog bit him on his face and around his body. There’s no call for that. Once a man is handcuffed and unconscious, you should have stuck him in the patrol car and take him to the police station. Instead they decided to beat him right here.”
Garcia was supported by Luis Martinez, who said that White wasn’t doing anything wrong and that the police used “excessive force.”
Now, a new and graphic video has emerged from the case, capturing the murder of the New Jersey man. The video confirms the eyewitness reports that the police allowed a K-9 to maul a handcuffed White while the police savagely beat him.
The video is a clear and disturbing testament to the 32-year-old’s final moments, and clear evidence of his murder.
Shortly after recording the scene, a person is heard in the video yelling, “I got it all on camera,” moments before a uniformed office approaches. The officer tells the man holding the cellphone that “. . . I need your information. I’m going to take your phone.”
The White family attorney, Conrad Benedetto, is launching an independent investigation. Benedetto said of the case, “There are great concerns about the circumstances that surround this death.”
That’s a massive understatement. The Vineland police have yet to comment on the new footage.
You can watch the cellphone footage below: