WILDWOOD — The city’s mayor has been receiving angry emails, calls and messages from around the country following an incident on the beach that led to the violent arrest of a 20-year-old woman.

Some of the messages have been threatening, Mayor Ernie Troiano said, but nothing more than “I’m going to come down there and kick your ---,” he added.

“I respond to them and tell them to come on down here, this is where I am,” Troiano said. “None of them do, and most times the people are just misinformed on the whole incident.”

The mayor received the messages because of comments he made following the arrest of Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, which was caught on video during Memorial Day weekend. The video showed an officer punching Weinman and wrestling her to the ground after she refused to give police her last name for an underage drinking citation and then allegedly resisted arrest.

Millions of people viewed the video, and Troiano immediately defended the officers, saying Weinman was the true aggressor.

“I find it ironic that (the people leaving the messages) think it’s OK to verbally assault someone,” Troiano said. “But honestly, most of them are shocked when I respond and usually apologize.”

The three officers involved in the arrest of Weinman will not be charged with a crime, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced last week.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland said at the time the decision not to charge was based on New Jersey law.

“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,” Sutherland said. “Members of the public should understand that no matter what your opinion is regarding the subject event, it is not based on a full review of the evidence.”

Weinman, meanwhile, faces numerous charges, including aggravated assault of an officer, and is due for arraignment on Friday in Cape May County.

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I joined The Press in January 2016 after graduating from Penn State in December 2015. I was the sports editor for The Daily Collegian on campus which covered all 31 varsity sports and several club sports.

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