Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Officers in beach arrest won’t face criminal charges

Officers in beach arrest won’t face criminal charges

"In my eyes, I'm not a criminal", said Weinman, who is on probation for a previous misdemeanor assault. Kind of upset, just, the negative things people say about me. As officers try to arrest her, she runs away, shouting profanities and telling them not to handcuff her.

She also said, "One situation doesn't define someone".

May 26 cellphone video captured the officer as he hit Weinman multiple times in the head in front of onlookers, including her 1-year-old daughter, on a beach in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Weinman, who was with her toddler daughter during the arrest, spoke of the toll the viral video, and the reaction of millions of strangers, has taken on her.

Weinman told GMA that she has experienced pain in her back and neck since the incident, and said the entire ordeal has taken an emotional toll on her.

Weinman's attorney, Stephen Dicht, told the Inquirer he wasn't surprised that the prosecutor did not charge the police officers.

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"She tried kicking at us, so we slammed her on the ground", the officer said. So when they got me on my stomach, after I was struggling trying to defend myself, I spit the sand out of my mouth which made it look like I was spitting at the officer.

The encounter, however, continued to escalate with Weinman refusing to provide officers with her name. She says she "didn't see the point in it" because "something wasn't right with the situation". "After the bystander video came out and started getting attention that's when they charged her with the aggravated assault". The viral video showed the culmination of her arrest, and body cam footage later released by New Jersey police showed that she had refused to give her name to officers.

The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office said it recognized that the footage "raised questions" regarding the officer's actions, but claimed the arrest wasn't against the law.

She appears to push the officer near where his body camera is attached to his uniform. "I'm not this person that they're out here trying to make me seem like", she said. "That is not right at all", said Weinman.

Amid the prosecutor's office's decision, the Internal Affairs Unit of the Wildwood Police Department will hold an administrative investigation, the office said.

"Alright, you're about to get dropped", the officer responded. It turned back on as the officer wrestled Weinman on the sand. "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", he said. Following our interview with Weinman and her attorney, we reached out to the Wildwood police chief and the city's mayor for comment.

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