Wildwood mayor strongly defends police after beach incident

New Jersey cops tackle mother Emily Weinman for drinking

New Jersey cops tackle mother Emily Weinman for drinking

A Philadelphia woman seen on video being punched in the head by a police officer on a New Jersey beach says she didn't spit at the officers before the altercation.

The 20-year-old woman now faces several charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer.

The body camera footage released on Wednesday shows an officer as he confronts and argues with Weinman over the discovery of alcoholic iced tea drinks in her possession.

Authorities say the video doesn't tell the whole story, saying the officer was assaulted first, kicked in the groin before Weinman took off running.

Police have identified the officers involved as Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan.

"This matter is still under investigation, however, in an effort to insure transparency with the public we serve, it was imperative that this video be released as soon as feasibly possible", Wildwood police said in a statement.

"Emily Weinman is charged by the police department with serious offenses that could result in exposure to a prison term of 5-10 years". Did she deserve to get hit?

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Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said the camera footage switches on and off because Weinman "forcibly struck" the officer in the torso, affecting the camera.

"At one point, he says, 'You're causing a scene.' I think he caused the scene, not her", Dicht said.

"It wasn't just that this officer made a decision to beat her up", he said.

There were a total of three body cam videos released. I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand. "I think it shows the police overreacted and used excessive force".

The violent arrest was caught on video on Saturday and posted to social media, and has since been viewed over six million times. "They're choking me. I can not breathe".

In a Facebook post that was later taken down, Weinman says she was on the beach with her daughter, her daughter's father, and a friend when the incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. The 54-second clip ends with the woman exclaiming, "I didn't do anything wrong", as cops attempt to handcuff her.

"That's it", the officer says and begins to punch her multiple times in the head. "She tried to tell us it was okay for her to possess alcohol and that doesn't make any sense". The mayor of the beach town, meanwhile, vehemently defended the police and said the woman is no angel. The officer goes after Weinman, who backed away from him.

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