New Jersey police release body camera footage of violent beach arrest

Arturo Kim
June 2, 2018

The young mother is led to a police vehicle after being handcuffed on the beach. City Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. spoke of "shame" after the incident but also said the police had a video of Emily Weinman spitting at police officers and insulting them. She kicks at another, knocking aside a beach chair.

"She started screaming initially".

Troiano told Philly.com that Weinman "chose to attack the officer, spit on the officer".

A child can be heard crying in the background. Emily can be heard saying. The video does not show what led to it. It ends before police have clearly detained Weinman.

Police released body camera video footage showing the violent arrest of a Philadelphia woman accused of underage drinking in Wildwood, New Jersey, over the memorial day weekend.

That nine-minute clip, released late Wednesday, shows the officer's perspective during the confrontation-which garnered national attention after a video shared on Twitter showed cops repeatedly punching and choking the young woman. We're curious if this body cam video changes anything. The officer asks both women to take a breathalyzer.

"All she had to do was give the name", the mayor said. When Weinman refuses to give her name, the officer threatens to "lock her up". "We didn't even drink alcohol", she tells the officer. The conversation gets heated.

"You're about to get dropped", the officer tells Weinman when she walks away and tells him to leave her alone.

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The video went viral, prompting a police investigation and a response from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who said the incident was "pretty darn disturbing" before seeing the initial video.

The officers involved were put on "administrative duty". "She escalated it to where it went". Weinman, meanwhile, was slapped with a bevy of charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and underage possession of alcohol.

Beachgoers try to intervene as Weinman screams, "You're not allowed to hit me and choke me like that". "They are trained to defuse situations, not make them worse".

A listed phone number for Weinman wasn't immediately found.

In a Monday Facebook post, which has since been taken down, Weinman admitted to possessing alcohol, but that she hadn't been drinking. Weinman said she passed the Breathalyzer test police administered after asking for her age.

"That's it", the officer says and begins to punch her multiple times in the head.

She tells the officer to stop choking her and "get the fuck off me" and an arm can be seen coming down - apparently the moment when she was struck by the officer. And now we have video from the point of view of the police. "I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand", she wrote. "Again, until I interview the officer, I won't have that answer if that's what he was trying to do. I wasn't there. I don't know". "I was partly wrong in a way but I was scared".

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