Woman punched by cop on N.J. beach speaks out

Credit Wildwood Police

Credit Wildwood Police

Jersey's police department released bodycam footage showing the dramatic arrest of a woman on a beach during Memorial Day weekend.

An attorney for Weinman told the publication that the charges against her are exaggerated.

Police arrested 20-year-old Emily Weinman on Saturday and charged her with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and minor in possession of alcohol.

The Wildwood commissioner of public safety says Weinman assaulted one of the officers first by kicking him in the groin and then running away, which the video does not show.

An Internal Affairs Investigation was immediately initiated into this matter and the involved officers have been reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of a full and thorough investigation.

In a Facebook post written over the weekend, and since taken down, Weinman said she had unopened alcohol with her when she was stopped by police while visiting the beach with her daughter, her daughter's father, and a friend. When Weinman refuses to give her name, the officer threatens to "lock her up". "She probably would have just gotten a citation".

Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said he finds the video "alarming" but doesn't want to "rush to any judgment" until the investigation is complete. "Once the officer says "you're under arrest", he has to continue with that arrest".

The situation escalated after Weinman refused to give officers her last name, and when an officer tried to arrest her, she resists as a struggle ensues. According to the police statement, she is seen striking the officer on the torso, which also turns off the body camera, according to police. Weinman says she was spitting sand out of her mouth after being knocked to the ground. The officer then says, "You're about to get dropped".

There were a total of three body cam videos released. "I still think they overreacted and used excessive force". "Police are supposed to care for us, protect us", said Naim Kerbag. "I think we could have done a better job at trying to explain to her, but it didn't appear Ms. Weinman wanted to hear what we had to say". "I didn't see her put her hands behind her back". The mayor of the beach town, meanwhile, vehemently defended the police and said the woman is no angel. The officer tries to grab Weinman, who backed away from him.

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