Officers in Wildwood beach arrest won't face criminal charges

Woman in viral Wildwood police beach beatdown says she 'didn't see the point' in giving cops her name

Emily Weinman appears on"Good Morning America Wednesday to talk about her arrest

"I cooperated. I did everything I was asked to", Weinman said. "Kind of upset to hear the negative things people say about me". I'm not a bad person. "One situation doesn't define me". "It just escalated to that point to where they wanted to lock me up because I wouldn't give them my name because I did everything they said to do", Weinman said.

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.

Her attorney, Stephen Dicht of Ventnor, also appeared on the morning news show, and said that the Wildwood police "piled on" more serious charges against Weinman after the bystander video went viral. 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.

Despite two videos, the story is still very much a she-said/police-said situation, but it seems fair to say the situation got unnecessarily violent, regardless of whether Emily was in the right or not to withhold her name from the officers.

That's something Weinman says she is not happy about.

She says "something in her gut" told her not to give the officers her name.

And Weinman has been charged with aggravated assault. She faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the three Wildwood officers from the video - Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan - would not face criminal charges. As to the spitting, Weinman alleged that she had gotten sand in her mouth after her head was pushed into the ground by the officer, and so she subsequently "turned around to spit it out". 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.

In statement, Sutherland said, "As County Prosecutor, I recognize that the video footage has raised a lot of questions regarding the officers' actions".

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. 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.

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