Philadelphia police repeatedly punched and stomped on a handcuffed and unconscious man and then allowed a police dog to maul his face, witnesses have reported.

Phillip White, of Cumberland County NJ, was arrested at a home in Grape Street when witnesses say the officers proceeded to beat him brutally after he was already restrained and on the ground.
After this occurred, officers then made a dispatch call saying: ““Subject under…tried to disarm me.”

However, this assertion directly contradicted the statements made by one witness Agustin Ayala who said: “He saw the officers handcuff White and take him to the ground.”

Another witness, said he saw the officers handcuff White and take him to the ground. He added: “The guy was out cold.They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car. 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.”

White was taken into custody around 11am Tuesday morning and died shortly thereafter.

Around 67,000 people have since signed an online petition following Mr White’s death. However, Mr White is not the only person to have die after an encounter with police, particularly in the Cumberland County area.


 Alissa Allen, 24, was a healthy young woman with no known medical problems when she was arrested by Millville Police Department after a traffic stop for an outstanding Millville Municipal Court warrant.

She was later found dead in her cell.

Jerame Reid

Jerame Reid

Another person, Jerame Reid, 36, of Bridgeton, was shot and killed by Bridgeton police during a traffic stop.

The petition highlighted all of these cases as being part of the wider problem of police brutality.

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