Officers in beach arrest won't face criminal charges

Officers in beach arrest won't face criminal charges

Weinman said she stands by her actions Memorial Day weekend after Wildwood New Jersey police officers attempted to cite the 20-year-old for possessing alcohol at the beach. "I was nice and calm - a little attitude", she said with a half-smile.

"I'm very sorry that the situation happened, but I don't owe them an apology at all". But one situation doesn't define someone.

The video shows an officer punching a 20-year-old Philadelphia woman in the head during the altercation.

The original video recorded by a bystander depicted an officer wrestling her to the ground, as well as hitting her twice before wrestling her to the ground again.

Emily Weinman, whose sunny outing at Wildwood beach in New Jersey turned into a viral video of her being beaten by Jersey cops, told her side of the story this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Police charged Weinman with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at or on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and underage possession of alcohol, they announced May 27.

Weinman defended her actions on the beach, including refusing to give her name, which she said led the police to slam her to the ground and "want to lock me up".


"Something in my gut was telling me that something wasn't right with the situation and I just knew in my rights that I didn't have to give them my name", she said.

Her attorney, Stephen Dicht, jumped in when Weinman was asked why she didn't just submit to an arrest an argue it out in court later.

Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland reportedly said that the officers in the violent confrontation have not been charged with any wrongdoing, and are not expected to be. "I'm not this person that they're out here trying to make me seem like", she said. "And that's not the case", Weinman said of that decision. Before he handcuffs her, the bodycam video shows the officer's fist rising and falling several times.

The Wildwood Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an administrative investigation, with oversight by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Professional Standards Unit.

He said that something one of the officers said in one of the clips - that Weinman was going to get "dropped" - was a threat and an offense. Troiano characterized the punching of the officer as a "chopping" move created to subdue Weinman. "A decision such as this is not based on emotion; it is based upon applying the proper laws, policies and directives that govern law enforcement".

"CBS This Morning" reached out to Wildwood's police chief and mayor but did not receive calls back.

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