Woman punched by cop in Wildwood says she doesn't owe an apology

Emily Weinman says she did not spit at officer, that she had sand in her mouth.

Dan Wing
June 06, 2018 - 9:08 am
 An investigation is underway after video shows a New Jersey police officer striking a woman several times during a beach arrest.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia woman seen being punched by a police officer in a viral video captured on a beach in Wildwood on Memorial Day weekend is telling her side of the story. The officers involved are not being charged, but she thinks they definitely took things too far. 

A guest on "CBS This Morning," 20-year-old Emily Weinman says she felt her interaction with two officers should have ended after a pair of Breathalyzer tests showed she hadn't been drinking. 

"I asked them, like, 'Do you guys have anything better to do?' There's so much stuff going on, you know, and you're trying to stop people for underage drinking. You see I didn't drink. He was like, 'That's it. I was going to let you go, but now I'm going to write you up.'"

Weinman admits she did cop an attitude with officers, but felt she didn't deserve to be taken down and hit. 

"I stayed calm, a little attitude," she said. "Just a little. I mean, it's not really ... I mean, I didn't see the big issue."

She said she doesn't like that the officers are not being charged.

"They think that, because they're cops, they can get away with it, and that's not the case. That's not right. At all," she said.

As for the body cam video of what appears to show her spitting at an officer, she says she had sand in her mouth.

"When he did smash my head into the ground, I had all this sand in my mouth. When they got me on my stomach I turned around and went to go spit it out," she said.

Weinman says she doesn't think the officers deserve an apology from her.