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Officials on the beach arrest will not face criminal prosecution

WILDWOOD, N. J. – Prosecutors say officials involved in the violent arrest of a Philadelphia woman accused of underage drinking in a New Jersey beach in the Memorial Day weekend will not face any criminal prosecution.

Cape May County prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland made the announcement Tuesday.

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

The beachgoer, the 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 that the videos show the woman goes to the officers first, while her lawyer has said that the police overreacted.

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

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