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Wildwood officers in beach arrest won't face criminal charges

Screenshot of the YouTube video showing Wildwood Police striking the woman before officers handcuffed her. (YouTube)

Screenshot of the YouTube video showing Wildwood Police striking the woman before officers handcuffed her. (YouTube)

Prosecutors say officers involved in the violent arrest of a Philadelphia woman accused of underage drinking at a New Jersey beach over the Memorial Day weekend won’t face any criminal charges.

Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland made the announcement Tuesday.

He says the decision was made after his office completed a preliminary investigation that involved reviewing police body-cam footage and video shot by a beachgoer in Wildwood, as well as statements from several witnesses and other related material.

The beachgoer’s video showed an officer punching the woman twice in the head as she was prone on the sand, her legs flailing. Wildwood officials have said the videos show the woman assaulted the officers first, while her lawyer has said police overreacted.

The Wildwood Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an administrative investigation.

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