Phillip White, a 32-year-old Vineland, New Jersey resident, died from injuries sustained after being arrested on March 31, 2015. In a statement from Vineland Police Chief Timothy Codispoti: “As many of you have already heard, earlier today a tragedy occurred involving officers and a citizen. Sadly, this call for service resulted in an ‘in–custody, non-shooting death’ which is being investigated by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office.” According to witnesses the “in-custody death” was a result of being severely beaten while handcuffed. The beating included multiple bites from a police dog.
A witness interview by NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate tells the story best: “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 incident is currently under investigation.