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New Jersey police officer won't face criminal charges for punching beachgoer

07 June, 2018, 14:02 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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The woman who was arrested on a Wildwood beach on Memorial Day weekend sat down for an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America to tell her story.

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. "Kind of upset to hear 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. One situation doesn't define someone.

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.

Emily Weinman, 20, says the incident has left her feeling anxious. She said when the officers pushed her to the beach, she got sand in her mouth.

Civil rights lawyers and others have questioned whether the police overstepped their authority in continuing to pursue Weinman and seek her name after she cooperated with a breathalyzer test and passed it and they had told her they were not going to cite her with anything. "I'm not this person that they're out here trying to make me seem like".

"I ask them, 'Do you guys have anything better to do?' There's so much stuff going on and you're trying to stop people for underage drinking and you see I didn't drink", Weinman said., admitting that she had "a little attitude".

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Still, the officers asked for her name, and the situation escalated when she refused to identify herself. Weinman's attorney, Stephen Dicht, said that the more serious charges were filed after the bystander video was released.

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. 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.

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

Weinman said she suffered injuries to her neck, back and head as a result of the incident and that the psychological aftermath has been "emotionally exhausting". Troiano characterized the punching of the officer as a "chopping" move created to subdue Weinman.

Sutherland said was aware of the emotion surrounding the video but made his decision based on facts.

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


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