Woman in videotaped Wildwood beach arrest rejects plea offer

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- Philadelphia woman, Emily Weinman, whose violent arrest in Wildwood over Memorial Day weekend was captured on video was in court Thursday and has rejected a plea deal. Upon her rejection, she will seek entry into a pretrial program that could lead to the charge being dismissed.

The 20-year-old Emily Weinman was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer after the confrontation that began when she repeatedly refused to give Wildwood officers her name when they questioned her about the presence of alcoholic beverages on the beach.

A video shot by a nearby beachgoer showed an officer punching her twice in the head as she lies prone on the sand, her legs flailing.

The officers involved were cleared of wrongdoing after authorities reviewed that video and police body-cam footage.