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Police Investigating After Video Shows Woman Being Punched By Officer On Wildwood, N.J. Beach

May 28, 2018 - 9:34 am
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WILDWOOD, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Police in Wildwood, New Jersey are investigating after a video posted to social media has gone viral showing an officer punching a woman  in the head on the beach while trying to subdue her.

Police claim the woman assaulted and spat at the officers.

The woman – Emily Weinman, 20, posted on Facebook that she was on the beach with her daughter, her daughter’s father, and a friend when the incident happened just after 4 p.m. Saturday.

“I had alcohol, it’s Memorial Day weekend and 90 percent of people are underage drinking on the beach, without a doubt. Two cops approach me on… their four wheelers and ask me and my friend how old we are, we gave them our ages. Then, we got breathalized (sic), and it came back negative. I told them I wasn’t drinking and the alcohol was clearly closed/sealed, which the cops seen,” Weinman wrote, as quoted by CBS3 in Philadelphia.

Weinman said she cooperated with the officers at first, but would not give them her name when they asked for it to write her a citation, CBS Philadelphia reported.

“I asked them don’t they have something better to do as cops than to stop people for underage drinking on the beach, saying to that there’s so much more serious stuff going on… the cop said, ‘I was gonna let you go but now I’ll write you up’ and he asked my name. 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 wrote.

In the video, Weinman is seen on the ground as an officer punches her, while a second officer reaches for handcuffs and grabs her legs to restrain her, CBS Philadelphia reported. People are heard telling her, “Stop resisting.”

Wildwood police said an internal affairs investigation has been launched into the matter, and the officers involved have been reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

Wildwood police Chief Robert Regalbuto said he finds the video alarming, but does not want to rush to judgment before the investigation is over, police said.

Weinman was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction, and possessing alcohol as a minor.

Anyone who might have been present for the altercation and has supporting video is asked to contact Detective Lt. Kenneth Gallagher at (609) 522-0222.