NJ police officers won't face criminal charges for beach altercation, prosecutor says

Wildwood Police

Wildwood Police

The beachgoer's video showed an officer punching the woman twice in the head as she was prone on the sand, her legs flailing. Alcohol consumption is illegal on New Jersey beaches.

The goal of the preliminary investigation was to determine whether the Professional Standards Unit ("PSU") of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office would conduct the Internal Affairs investigation based on possible criminal charges against the arresting officer (s), or whether the Wildwood Police Department would conduct an Administrative Internal Affairs Investigation. "After the bystander video came out and started getting attention that's when they charged her with the aggravated assault".

Her attorney, Stephen Dicht, jumped in when Weinman was asked why she didn't just submit to an arrest an argue it out in court later.

She denied striking the officer, and said if she kicked the officer, it was "after the fact". Police say Weinman was seen with an open bottle of alcohol.

She denied that being on probation from earlier assault charges motivated her to withhold her name.

"I was trying to defend myself", she said.

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.

As the officer placed the handcuffs on Weinman, who was still struggling against him, she told him, "My daughter is right there seeing this".

When the camera comes back on, Weinman is on the ground screaming, saying that she can't breathe.

They took her down to the sand, and she spit on them. She went to the beach to have a fun time with her daughter. It turned back on as the officer wrestled Weinman on the sand. "They're the police officers".

Three officers, John Hillman, Robert Jordan and Thomas Cannon, attempted to arrest her. 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. She faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer.

"Members of the public should understand that no matter what your opinion is regarding the subject event, it is not based on a full review of the evidence", he continued.

While the actions of the arresting officers did not violate any criminal laws, the three men will remain under internal investigation and on administrative duty until the probe is complete.

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