20-year-old woman's arrest at Jersey beach goes viral

20-year-old woman's arrest at Jersey beach goes viral

Police in Wildwood have released body cam footage following a controversial beach arrest that was caught on video over Memorial Day Weekend.

Emily Weinman of Philadelphia was at the New Jersey beach with her daughter, her daughter's father and a friend when the officers approached them on Saturday and ask them if there were any underage drinking going on. She walks down the beach and the officers follow.

At this point Weiman says she "tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand". The incident was caught on video by a neighboring sunbather.

The two punches seen in the video that went viral earlier this week are not clearly visible from the officer's body camera, but the moment of the woman's most extreme distress can be seen.

The officers involved have since been reassigned to administration duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

When she was told she would be arrested, Weinman, "forcibly struck" the officer in the torso, causing the camera to turn off, according to Police Chief Robert Regalbuto.

Wildwood police said on their Facebook page that 20-year-old Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, faces several charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

At the end of the video released by Wildwood police, the officer tells a supervisor the woman had Twisted Teas and had refused to give her name.

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Weinman's lawyer, Stephen Dicht, said after viewing the body cam videos, "I don't think it puts the police in a good light".

The situation escalates as Weinman refuses to give the officer her last name. That's when police followed her. After a bystander tells the officer to refrain from throwing blows, Weinman yells out, "you're not allowed to beat me like that". The officer then says, "You're about to get dropped". The beachgoer said she woke up to the altercation and began filming.

"I'm not choking her", the officer says. "I did not do anything wrong and anything could've been written down on that paper so I wouldn't give it to him", Weinman explains in the Facebook post.

On the soggy boardwalk Sunday, public opinion seemed to skew in favor of Weinman.

"He says it's an overreaction to the situation and an excessive use of force".

"I think it was outrageous".

"I don't like it. Cops shouldn't act like that".

FOX 29 stopped by an address we believe to be Weinman's to ask her about the new video. At that point I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me.

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