Graphic new footage has emerged showing the shocking encounter between Vineland police officers and New Jersey man Phillip White as he was mauled by a K-9.
In the video, one of the cops also tries to confiscate cell phones from people who were capturing the violent arrest on camera.
White died in custody on March 31 after cops were dispatched to the 100 block of Grape Street responding to reports of a disorderly person.
While witnesses claimed White, who was reportedly unarmed at the time, “didn’t do anything wrong,” and was beaten even after he fell unconscious, police insist that he remained “combative” and was so aggressive that one cop suffered a “serious shoulder injury.”
White was arrested by police and then taken to the hospital in “respiratory distress,” according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office. However, he became unresponsive on the way and was later pronounced dead at Inspira Medical Center.
The family of the 32-year-old man is concerned about the circumstances surrounding his death and has called for an investigation into the incident.
“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," said Conrad J. Benedetto, the attorney representing the family, in a press release, adding White’s death is “the second police-involved force incident in Cumberland County within 91 days.”