NJ police officers won’t face criminal charges for beach altercation, prosecutor says

NJ police officers won’t face criminal charges for beach altercation, prosecutor says

NJ police officers won’t face criminal charges for beach altercation, prosecutor says

Hours after 20-year-old Emily Weinman made an appearance on Good Morning America to discuss her arrest on a Wildwood beach Memorial Day weekend, her lawyer said it's unlikely she'll meet with internal affairs investigators. Ms. Weinman and her attorney are entitled to due process and they have not yet received the information that they will be entitled to as part of the legal process. They see one video and one situation and they're saying all this negative stuff about a person. One situation doesn't define someone.

Video from the arrest shows an officer repeatedly punching Weinman as she slumped on the sand, pleading with the cops to get off of her and crying out for her 18-month-old daughter. Using that footage, police claim she was the one who first struck the officers, though the exact moment this would've happened is unclear in the body cam footage.

Weinman says her neck and back were hurt in the confrontation, but she says the negative responses people have made about her have been upsetting. She faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer.

Weinman, the mother of a toddler, admitted on Wednesday to giving the officer "a little attitude" when she asked one of the officers if he had anything better to do than give breathalyzer tests on the beach. "I'm not this person that they're out here trying to make me seem like".

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". "And then he says, 'Oh, you're about to get dropped, '" said Weinman's attorney, Stephen Dicht.

The Cape May County prosecutor's office said there is not enough evidence to warrant criminal charges against the officer.

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"The Saturday she was taken into custody, she was in custody a total of about 40 minutes", Dicht said.

She denied, as she has previously to the Inquirer and Daily News, spitting on the officers.

Emily Weinman appeared on Good Morning America this morning to talk about being beaten by jersey police. I'm not a bad person. She got sand in her mouth during the struggle and spat it out, with no intention of spitting at the officer, she said of another accusation against her.

Most recently, Cape May prosecutors have said they will not press charges against the police officers involved in the video. The officers changed their minds at some point and chose to take Weinman into custody.

County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland stated, "I recognize that the video footage has raised a lot of questions regarding the officers' actions".

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