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Police Release Bodycam Video Of Woman's Violent Arrest On Wildwood, N.J. Beach

May 31, 2018 - 2:01 pm
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WILDWOOD, N.J. (WCBS 880/CBS News) -- Newly-released body camera footage shows the moments leading up to the violent arrest of a woman on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey this past weekend.

Wildwood police on Thursday released video of their officers confronting Emily Weinman, 20, who was suspected of underage drinking, over Memorial Day weekend.

Weinman claimed in a since-removed Facebook post 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.

Police said Weinman refused to cooperate, and then assaulted an officer. Weinman's lawyer says the video shows officers overreacted.

The officers involved have been reassigned but are reportedly fully trained, part-time officers used during the busy beach season, reports CBS News' Jericka Duncan.

The bodycam video shows officers asking Weinman to take a breathalyzer test after she was seen with alcoholic drinks. Later, police attempt to cite her for possession of alcohol on the beach, but Weinman refuses to cooperate.

"I didn't disrespect you," Weinman said, "and you don't need to write my name down either."

The officers begin to approach her during the attempted arrest and Weinman appears to reach out and push the officer before the camera cuts out.

When the video comes back, the officer is on top of Weinman with his arm on her neck. He then appears to swing his arm and hit her repeatedly – a moment apparently captured in a now widely-shared cellphone video showing an officer punching Weinman in the head. As she's being handcuffed, Weinman appears to spit at one of the officers. Later, the officers can be heard explaining their version of the events.

"She kicked him. And then I just, I hit her a couple of times," one officer said.

Weinman now faces several charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

Her attorney released a statement saying in part, "These videos coupled with the bystander video show the officers involved overreacted to a situation which had no elements of violence or the need for anyone to be taken into custody."

(© 2018 WCBS 880. CBS News contributed to this report.)