Growing up, we lived near a man who trained Police dogs. The dogs are trained specifically to attack in certain ways, which are quite different from normal dog behavior. Siccing a Police Dog on a downed, unconscious suspect is attempted murder. Bad cops again covering for bad cop crimes.
When police came to Pamela White’s work on March 31 last year, they told her that her son had died of a heart attack on his way to the hospital.
What they didn’t say was that Phillip White died after Vineland, New Jersey police officers Louis Platania and Rich Janasiak tackled him and sicced their canine on him.
Since then, authorities in Cumberland County have refused to provide Pamela with an autopsy for her 32-year-old son because of the ongoing investigation.
“I just went ballistic and started crying,” she remembers of the day police showed up at her work with the grim news.
911 audio released the week after Phillip’s death showed police were called because White was acting strangely and yelling in the street. People started coming out of their homes when they heard the commotion and at least two began filming when officers arrived and got rough with Phillip. (A truck driver passing by leaned out of his window to tell the officers to lay off, Pamela said.)
In one recording, an officer straddles White and punches him as the police dog is called over. Both officers continue to assail White, who was not armed. Toward the end of the video, White can be seen panting heavily as the police dog pulls at his arm, flailing limply.
“Yo, get that dog off of him,” one of the men recording the scene says. “He’s knocked out!”
“He’s not even moving,” the man continues. “Get that dog off of him!”
“I haven’t seen it,” Pamela said with disgust of the video. “Whenever it pops up I just click away from it. I know what I know from what everyone has told me, and that’s more than enough.”
In addition to roughly handling White, the cops then tried to cover up the incident.
“You see what happened? All of it?” one officer asks a bystander. When the person confirms that the arrest was recorded, the cop replies, “I’ll need your information and I’m going to take your phone.”
Filming police as long as you aren’t interfering with them is legal in New Jersey, which even the president of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police recognizes.
In a second video, White is seen turned over onto his stomach and straddled again as an officer handcuffs him. What is not seen is when or how he was put into an ambulance. More importantly, however, is what we don’t have: an autopsy.
“It took a long time until we were even able to get the death certificate in this case,” said Stanley King, attorney for the White family. King says the police dog bit White’s upper torso, and we can see in the video the dog also bit his arm.
More than a year later, authorities in Vineland, New Jersey continue to refuse releasing Phillip’s autopsy or even his official cause of death to his family. The excuse is that autopsy results could taint a potential grand jury pool reviewing the death, but that didn’t stop the officers’ attorneys from publicly speculating that White was on PCP.