Family of man who died in custody still waiting for answers

    Questions remain for the family of a Vineland man who died last year of respiratory distress on his way to the hospital while in police custody. reports the family of Philip White and Vineland police are still waiting for the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office to complete their investigation into his March 2015 death. Meanwhile, his family is planning a memorial event for Thursday.

    On the day White died, police responded to Grape Street for reports of a man “freaking out” on the street.

    City officers eventually subdued White after a struggle that was captured on video by a bystander. The video showed an officer hitting White and a police dog being used during the arrest.

    There also were reports that the 32-year-old White tried to disarm an officer.

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