WILDWOOD — A woman claiming to be the mother of a man who was repeatedly punched by a city police officer during his arrest said her son has been hospitalized.

Quinette, whose last name was not published in a 6abc report, told the outlet her son, Arthur Wells, 24, was the man seen in a Sunday video of his arrest that has since gone viral, and that he is being treated at a Delaware hospital.

The video, which has been circulating on Twitter, appears to show a city police officer punching a man who is already down on the ground.

The incident occurred between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 3700 block of Pacific Avenue, officials said. 

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating to determine whether the actions of the arresting officer or officers potentially violated the use of justifiable force to effect an arrest or any related criminal statutes, Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland said in a statement this week.

Sutherland said he could release any additional information when asked for the name of the officers involved and/or their rank and the number of years they’ve been with the department, as well as whether they had been suspended with or without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Officials are still gathering video, statements and other evidence, he said, adding he will release information as soon as he can.

"Seeing my son with the bruises that he has on his face, on his arm, on his legs, his back, my son is badly bruised," Quinette told 6abc, who said Wells went to the city for a shore trip with friends. "You could see the cops just beating my son in his face; he wasn't resisting or anything.”

Officials have urged anyone who has video or photographic footage of the events to contact the prosecutor’s Professional Standards Unit at 609-465-1135.

Contact: 609-272-7241


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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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