Phillip White appears to be unconscious, and his arm can be seen swinging limply as the dog tears into his face and arm.
Anon had threatened Vineland Police Department to release the officers names, the dash cam footage, and to suspend them within 24 hours, or they would release their names and personal information, as well as other local officials personal information.
When they did not comply with the demand, Anon followed through with the threat and posted the names, home addresses, and phone numbers of Officers Louis Platania and Jeffrey Travaline on a website that has been used by Anonymous hackers.
White, age 32, was repeatedly punched and kicked by the officers, and bitten multiple times by a police dog, and died from the injuries he sustained.
Stuart Alterman, the attorney hired by the police union to represent the officers, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he believed the toxicology report would show that White had been on PCP and other drugs. He said the drugs, rather than police violence, were to blame for White’s death.
Philly.com reported that the hacking group that calls itself Anonymous, following through on a video threat, revealed the names of two of the Vineland, N.J., officers involved in a fatal arrest last week, and officials confirmed the names Tuesday.
Chief Timothy Codispoti posted recordings of the 911 call and police dispatches from the arrest of Phillip White on the department’s Facebook page. A lawyer representing the three officers involved in the incident confirmed their names, as did the chief, who was cited by NJ.com.
Police used a dog to restrain White, 32, of Vineland, after they said he tried to reach for one of the officers’ weapons on March 31.
White’s family and a rights activist, citing witnesses, allege that the officers punched and beat White before he was placed in an ambulance for respiratory distress. They also point to a bystander’s cell phone video, which they say shows a police dog biting White as he lies on the ground.