UPDATE: Saturday, April 4, 2015 @ 12pm:
After yet another video surfaced recording police interaction with 32-year-old Phillip White, who died in Vineland, NJ police custody on Wednesday, White’s family is opening an investigation, reports a local NBC affiliate.
According to NBC10, the latest footage provides a clearer view of the final moments of Phillip White’s life – in which a visibly handcuffed, unconscious, and prone White has a doc sicced on his face, and in which a police officer threatens the person taking said video.
White’s family retained attorney, Conrad Benedetto, to conduct an independent investigation into the 32-year-old man’s death, according to a news release.
“There are great concerns about the circumstances that surround this death,” Benedetto said. “Mr. White’s demise is the second police-involved force incident in Cumberland County within 91 days. The public and Mr. White’s family deserve answers as to how Phillip was killed and why there is a lack of oversight of local police.”
Another, grainier video, depicting the same interaction between White and Vineland Police, began spreading on social media Thursday. The Cumberland County Prosecutor Office confirmed that video, which runs for 76 seconds, is under review as part of the investigation into what occurred in the moments between officers arrived at the scene and White’s transport to the hospital.
A witness says police were extremely physical with 32-year-old Phillip White during the arrest in Vineland around 11:00 a.m. Details surrounding his detainment remain a mystery. The Vineland Police Chief released a statement about White’s death Tuesday afternoon.
“As many of you have already heard, earlier today a tragedy occurred involving Officers and a citizen,” said Vineland Police Chief Timothy Codispoti.
“Sadly, this call for service resulted in an ‘in–custody, non-shooting death.’ I ask that everyone allow time for our justice system to now investigate this matter to its truthful conclusion. The Vineland Police Department is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office and I urge anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the prosecutor’s office with your information.”
Audio of the incident was leaked to the web after the family of White begged officers to release more information about the arrest.
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A man who witnessed the arrest claims White didn’t put up a fight, while an officer claimed the alleged suspect tried to disarm him.
“They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car,” said Ricardo Garcia. “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.”
The victim’s aunt Valerie White says her nephew lived a “street life,” but didn’t deserve to die. The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office has announced they will look into White’s death.
SOURCE: NBC 10 | VIDEO CREDIT: NBC 10