Notes on police violence
Cop who punched woman on New Jersey beach will not face charges
7 June 2018
Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland said Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against the police officers who were videotaped assaulting and arresting a 20-year-old Philadelphia woman on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey on May 26. In the video, an officer can be seen punching the woman twice. The video has been viewed over 7,000,000 times.
Police were carrying portable breathalyzers on the beach and randomly testing beachgoers. In the body-cam footage released this week, the Wildwood police officer can be seen carrying a breathalyzer wand and approaching a woman sitting on her beach towel with an open container of fruit.
Emily Weinman, 20, agreed to submit to the test, which came up negative. But the encounter quickly escalated to a violent arrest in which the officer pulled her hair, slammed her to the ground and punched her.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office said it recognized that the footage “raised questions” regarding the officer’s actions, but claimed the arrest wasn’t against the law.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Prosecutor Sutherland reviewed police body-camera footage, videos taken by beachgoers, police vehicle video, arrest and internal affairs reports and other police documents in deciding whether or not to charge the police officers.
In justifying the officers’ actions, Sutherland said emotional appeals have no place in matters of police work. “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,” he said. “Members of the public should understand that no matter what your opinion is regarding…