The woman who was punched by a cop in a wild Jersey Shore arrest that went viral last year pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Friday — and was barred from the city of Wildwood in the US and its beaches for a year.
Emily Weinman, 21, was facing charges of aggravated assault on police officers, resisting arrest, throwing bodily fluids and obstruction for her side of the scuffle with cops at Wildwood Beach on Memorial Day weekend — but took a plea deal that will see her serve a year of probation alongside the ban, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“When the officers approached me on the beach, I got upset, and I said a few curse words,” Ms Weinman told a judge during her guilty plea on Friday.
Viral footage of the incident showed Ms Weinman at the beach with a pal last May when officers Thomas Cannon and Robert Jordan approached the then-underage women about unopened bottles of booze near their beach blankets.
I was sleeping on the beach and I woke up to this.. i can’t believe it.. pic.twitter.com/UJE5Sy7E4G
— Lexy (@HewittLexy) 26 May 2018
Ms Weinman claimed the alcohol belonged to her aunt and grew increasingly indignant at the cops’ questioning — prompting one of the cops to declare, “OK, that’s it — I’m done with you,” and attempt to slap the beachgoer in cuffs.
When she resisted, the officers wrestled her into the sand as she screamed “You’re choking me!” and one of the cops can then be seen slugging Ms Weinman in the head.
The video quickly spread online and sparked outrage at the officers’ conduct, but they were later cleared of wrongdoing.
Her lawyers haven’t ruled out a civil suit, however.
“We still believe whatever happened was completely out of hand,” lawyer Steve Scheffler told the Inquirer.
“The officers’ reaction was above and beyond what I believe was appropriate under the circumstances.”
Ms Weinman told the judge she’s just happy “that it’s over and everybody can move on.”
“I’m not going to sit here and say everything’s been fine. It really hasn’t been,” she said outside the courtroom, according to the paper.
“It’s kind of ruined my reputation. It’s put me down a lot. I go to a lot of places and I get stared at. But I just want people to know that whatever happened that day on the beach on the video, that doesn’t define the kind of person I am.”
Ms Weinman added that she still considers Wildwood her “happy place.”
“I’ll find something to do. I’ll find a different beach,” she said.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission