Wildwood Police Action on Beach Not Criminal; Department to Conduct Internal Investigation

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Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland said Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against the police officers who were videotaped assaulting and arresting a 20-year-old Philadelphia woman on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey on May 26.

The footage shows the officer administering a blood-alcohol test to Weinman, which she said was negative.

"One situation doesn't define someone", Emily said.

Emily Weinman, 20, appeared on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday to talk about the incident that was caught on video and showed her being punched in the head by one officer. Days later, the police department released video clips from the officer's bodycam, although the debate about how police handled the situation did not abate.

On Good Morning America, Dicht, who sext next to his client, she she was charged only with misdemeanors at first but that cops "piled on" more charges after a beachgoer's video of the incident went viral.

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Officials said yesterday the officers, identified as Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan would not face charges. When asked on "GMA" whether that was her reason for not giving the officer her name, she said, "No, not mainly". So when they got me to the point where they got me on my stomach, after I was done struggling, trying to defend myself, I spit the sand from my mouth, which makes me look like I'm spitting at the officer.

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".

Weinman is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, spitting at an officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

The Cape May County prosecutor's office said there is not enough evidence to warrant criminal charges against the officer. She said she wasn't drinking and the alcohol containers around her were sealed. "When he smashed my head into the ground, I got sand in my mouth". I'm not a bad person. The officers changed their minds at some point and chose to take Weinman into custody. "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.

Wildwood police issued a Wednesday evening statement saying their internal affairs probe into the arrest is ongoing, and Weinman will be given an opportunity to participate in that process. 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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