March 31 marked one year since the death of 32-year-old, Black, unarmed Philip White in Vineland, N.J.
Family members and the community came together last week to remember White as an investigation by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office into what happened continues.
“He’s missed and he didn’t deserve to die like he did,” said Pamela White, his mother, in one published interview. “We will never forget him.”
White was arrested at his home in Vineland on the morning of March 31, 2015, and died while he was in custody. Police were responding to calls of a man “freaking out.” One witness said officers punched, kicked and stomped White while he was restrained and left him unconscious. He was also bitten by a police dog on his face and body.
The incident was caught on video and later posted on YouTube.
Stanley King, the family’s attorney, told the media that there are still plenty of unanswered questions about what exactly happened.
“It happened one year ago and up to now the family has not received, the community has not received, information from law enforcement of the facts about his death,” King said.
Reports indicate the officers involved, Louis Platania and Rich Janasiak, were back on the job almost a month after incident.