” March 31, Vineland: A 32-year-old African American man that was later identified as Philip White was arrested by city police around 11 a.m. on the 100 block of Grape Street.
The reason of the arrest is not revealed yet, neither are the circumstances of the death in custody.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police are investigating this incident, so the details aren’t revealed to the media.
The only public statement was made by Police Chief Timothy Codispoti, who referred to death of White as a “tragedy”. He asked everyone to be patient while the police is investigating.
However, there are a few witnesses that wanted to talk about the incident. Ricardo Garcia told local reporters that officers had brutally beaten White, and that even after he was restrained and lying unconscious on the ground they kept beating him, kicking him in the head and around his body.”