"I've been really anxious over it", Emily Weinman, 20 said. She's not the person she was made out to be, she says. "So when they smashed my head into the ground, I had all this sand in my mouth... when they got me on my stomach, I turned around to go spit it out", Weinman said. But one situation doesn't define someone.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said shortly after her arrest that Weinman was "the aggressor", and said his officers did nothing wrong.
Cops approached her after she was seen with a beer bottle she said was her aunt's.
"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.
Weinman's attorney, Stephen P. Dicht, took a different view.
Authorities have blamed Weinman for escalating the situation and have accused her of kicking one of the officers in the groin, but police bodycam footage released last week failed to show the kick.
The appearance came a day after prosecutors said the officers involved in the arrest won't face any criminal charges. As for the spitting accusation, Weinman says she got sand in her mouth during the altercation. "And that's not the case", Weinman said of that decision.
"She didn't go out that Saturday looking for trouble", Dicht said on the show.
Weinman is also charged with spitting on the officer. "I'm not this person that they're out here trying to make me seem like", she said. Troiano characterized the punching of the officer as a "chopping" move created to subdue Weinman.
"I recognize that the video footage has raised a lot of questions regarding the officers' actions", Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland said in a statement. 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.
The objective 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.