Woman in Violent Wildwood Beach Arrest Hopes Incident Doesn't Define Her

Woman in videotaped Wildwood beach arrest says she hurt neck and back during ordeal

What to Know

  • Emily Weinman says she hopes she isn't defined by the violent arrest on a Wildwood beach over Memorial Day weekend.
  • The Wildwood police department continues to investigate the confrontation.
  • Weinman spoke to "GMA" Wednesday morning.

A Philadelphia woman whose violent arrest at a New Jersey beach over Memorial Day weekend was captured on video says she hurt her neck and back in the scuffle and has feelings of anxiety.

Emily Weinman spoke Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The situation in Wildwood escalated after the 20-year-old Weinman refused to give officers her name. She says she "didn't see the point in it" because "something wasn't right with the situation."

The appearance came a day after prosecutors said the officers involved in the arrest won't face any criminal charges. A preliminary investigation that involved reviewing police body-cam footage and video shot by a beachgoer was completed. The latter video showed an officer punching Weinman in the head. She faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer.

Weinman who is on probation for an earlier incident said that had nothing to do with her actions. She told GMA she hopes the incident doesn't "define" her.

"I'm not a bad person, I'm not this person that they're out here trying to make me seem like."

After video of a violent arrest of a woman on the Wildwood beach went viral online, the popular Jersey Shore resort is trying to move forward.
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