WILDWOOD, N. J. – police officers have been assigned to an administrative duty amid an investigation into a video posted online in which an officer punching a woman on a beach in New Jersey.
Wildwood police said on their Facebook page that the 20-year-old Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, faces several charges, including two counts of serious assault police, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
NJ.com reports video of Saturday incident shows an officer striking the woman’s head twice as she down on the sand. Voices heard shouting “stop resisting,” although it is unclear who was talking. In the video, not see, what led to the confrontation.
Wildwood police chief Robert Regalbuto said he finds the video “alarming”, but do not want to fast to the opinion that” until the investigation is completed.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the episode was a “disgrace”, but said that the police would soon body camera footage showing officers insulted and spat upon. Weinman is also responsible for the spewing of an agent.
“It was not only that this officer decided to beat her,” he said. “That was not the case.”
Troiano refused to comment on the use of violence, that he does not know the whole story, but added: “We do not want to see someone get hit, period. But again, when someone is aggressively attacking you or spitting . I was not there. I don’t know.”
He also expressed frustration at the amount of alcohol consumption by minors, saying that no one is allowed to drink in public or on the beach in Wildwood, unless they are attending an event that has a permit to drink.
Wildwood police asked everyone who was present and the video for the twist to come forward to help their internal affairs investigation, in which Cape May County officials will also have the support.
A listed phone number for Weinman is not found right away.