No charges warranted against officers in Wildwood arrest, prosecutor says

Credit Twitter User @HewittLexy

Credit Twitter User @HewittLexy

Prosecutors say officers involved in the violent arrest of a Philadelphia woman accused of underage drinking at a New Jersey beach over the Memorial Day weekend won't face any criminal charges.

"In my eyes, I'm not a criminal", said Weinman, who is on probation for a previous misdemeanor assault. "One situation doesn't define me".

Initial video of the incident captured a Wildwood police officer punching Weinman twice and placing her in a chokehold before she was arrested.

Weinman can be seen on video getting punched in the face by one of the cops numerous times - with closed fists - while beachgoers look on in shock.

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. It was only after the video of her violent arrest went viral that she was slapped with the more serious charge of assaulting a police officer.

"She tried kicking at us, so we slammed her on the ground", the officer said. "I was going to let you go, but now I'm going to write you up...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".

Emily Weinman, 20, says the incident has left her feeling anxious. Weinman said. "I just knew in my rights that I didn't have to give them my name".

The 54-second video was taken by Alexis Hewitt, who has said was asleep on a beach towel next to Weinman when the commotion began. But others questioned the officer's actions, including the statement, heard in body camera footage from the May 26 arrest, from the police officer, who appears to lose patience with Weinman and tells her: "That's it".

An investigation by the Cape May Prosecutor's office has deemed that the actions of the arresting officers did not meet the evidentiary standards to warrant criminal charges.

The bodycam video shows Weinman walking away from the officers, with one warning her that she is "about to get dropped". I'm not a bad person.

She denied, as she has previously to the Inquirer and Daily News, spitting on the officers. "When he smashed my head into the ground, I got sand in my mouth".

"Something in my gut was telling me, something wasn't right", Weinman, 20, said in the interview.

Moments later, the officer's body camera showed him on top of Weinman.

"A decision such as this is not based on emotion", says County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland.

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

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