Police swarmed down on a peaceful N.J. neighborhood on Tuesday. After securing the area, they went after their target, Phillip White. They found him and arrested him. From there, the story gets very fuzzy and shady.
If you listen to the official account of what happened to 32 year old Phillip White of Vineland, N.J. you will hear the story of an arrest of a man who mysteriously had respiratory problems after he was arrested and then just died in the ambulance. When pressed however, the police strangely can only point to a strange single line from an audio recording (chopped so almost nothing is heard before or after) of an officer claiming White was going for the officer’s gun. Even out of context, the guy sounds like he is saying it to cover his own butt. Also in the official reports for good measure, officers commented that White was combative, even though there seems to be nothing to back that up.
Furthermore, it seems to contradict both some of the facts known so far in the case and what witnesses are reporting to media and the prosecutor’s office. During the time White was allegedly “going for the officer’s gun” he was in handcuffs with his arms behind his back. Quite a trick to be able to do all that with one’s hands tied, eh? Plus some report that White wasn’t even conscious when he was supposedly being “combative.” Police also fail to mention the attack of a trained police dog, who seems to play in heavily according to eyewitness accounts.
Some of the reports from witnesses:
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.
Another witness told reporters that White wasn’t at all acting like the officers claim:
The other cop let the dog out and they just kept punching him and the dog kept biting him at the same time,” the witness said. “He was on the floor. Like, he was knocked out.
Currently the Cumberland County DA office is looking into the matter to see if there was criminal misconduct by the officers.
Watch this report on the developments in the case: