New Jersey officers fight woman in Wildwood beach
A Twitter-video shows police struggling with a woman on the ground and punching her in the head to Wildwood beach.
Officers involved in a violent scuffle with a 20-year-old woman suspected of underage drinking in a New Jersey beach — an incident caught on video — were “assigned to an administrative duty pending the outcome of a full and thorough investigation,” officials said Sunday.
Video of the arrest Saturday went viral showing a Wildwood police officer punching Emily Weinman of Philadelphia twice in the head and in the neck and put her in a chokehold. Voices in the background could be heard shouting, “Stop resisting,” according to Fox 29.
The police department issued a statement about the arrest on Facebook on Sunday, noting: “While Chief [Robert Regalbuto] find this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to a judgment until the final results of the investigation.”
Weinman is facing multiple charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and minor in possession of alcohol.
She posted about the incident on Facebook, which went viral before they go down.
“I asked them don’t they have something better to do if the police stop people for underage drinking on the beach,” she wrote.
“To be honest, I can say as I took another sip, then I would have gave them my information and called it a day; I’m a minor, so I know better,” she wrote, according to The New York Post.
“I know I should have gave him my name,” Weinman wrote. “I was partly wrong, in a way, but I was afraid.”
She commented: “I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and broke my head in the sand.”
“But this whole situation was wrongly handled, and played with the proportions because these pigs do not do their job the way they are TRAINED to do this.”
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. told The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday that the police would have to release body camera footage shows Weinman insulting the police and spitting on them.
“It was not only that this officer decided to beat her,” he said. “That was not the case.”
He added: “We don’t like to see someone get hit, period. But again, when someone is aggressively attacking you or spitting. … I was not there. I don’t know.”