VIDEO: Jersey shore police officer punches man in face

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:39PM
Watch the report from Action News at 5 p.m. on June 20, 2017.


WILDWOOD, New Jersey - Police in New Jersey have opened an investigation after an officer was involved in an incident that was caught on camera.

Video of the incident appears to show a Wildwood police officer punch a man in the face, but there are questions as to whether it was justified.

It happened this past Sunday evening, near the intersection of New Jersey Avenue and Roberts Avenue.

In the video, the Wildwood police officer and the man appear to be having some kind of confrontation.

The man is not cuffed, and his hands are free. Then, for a reason unknown at this point, the officer strikes him in the face.

Sister station WPVI in Philadelphia spoke with the Wildwood police chief, who said that the man who was punched was involved in a disorderly persons complaint.

He said neither the officer nor the man who was hit will be named at this point.

The chief did say that the officer will remain on duty while the investigation is ongoing.

The investigation is being conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office.
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