AG: Dover officers who punched man during arrest won’t face charges

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Three Dover police officers who repeatedly punched a man in the face during an arrest won’t face criminal charges.

A spokesperson for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office tells News 12 New Jersey that a letter was sent to Dover Police Chief Anthony Smith on Oct. 18 stating that the office had finished its investigation and have chosen not to file any charges.

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“We referred the matter back to the Dover Police Department to take whatever administrative action it deems appropriate,” public information officer Peter Aseltine said in a statement.

The arrest happened in May. Video shows the officers striking Morristown resident Cyprian Luke as he was held on the ground during an arrest. Luke had an outstanding warrant at the time.

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