Woman In Violent Wildwood Beach Arrest Files Lawsuit Against City, Officers

Kevin Rincon
October 14, 2019 - 6:07 pm
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WILDWOOD, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A Philadelphia woman whose violent arrest at a New Jersey beach last summer was captured on video has filed a federal lawsuit against the police department.

Emily Weinman was at a Wildwood beach on Memorial Day weekend in 2018 with her daughter, boyfriend and another friend when officers saw alcohol and approached them.

After two breathalyzer tests showed she had not been drinking, an officer asked for her last name, when she refused to give it, things took a turn.

A video shot by a nearby beachgoer showed the officer throwing her to the ground before punching her twice in the head as she laid on the sand, her legs flailing.

The officers did not face any misconduct charges and claimed the then 20-year-old refused to cooperate and tried to assault them. Weinman’s lawyer says the video clearly shows the officers overreacted.

“Even if people believed she should have handled it differently, it doesn’t mean that the police officers did not violate her constitutional right,” said attorney Jennifer Bonjean.

Weinman has now filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the three officers involved – Thomas Cannon and Robert Jordan and Lt. Kenneth Gallagher.

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“If they can take back the beating that they gave her and they can take back all of her anxiety and stress that centered around their false public statements and charging her with crimes she didn’t commit, we’ll take that,” Bonjean noted.

She adds in lieu of that, they are seeking financial compensation and are hoping the three officers lose their jobs.