Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Wildwood Police Release Body Cam Video Of Controversial Arrest On Beach

Wildwood Police Release Body Cam Video Of Controversial Arrest On Beach

Emily Weinman, 20, was approached by officers after they discovered alcoholic beverages in her possession, reports.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Weinman claims she was targeted by police because family and friends were drinking nearby. "Alright, you're about to get dropped", he tells her.

"Alright, that's it. I'm done with you", the officer says in the video.

Weinman yells that she can't breathe and that she's being choked while she continues to struggle.

"She wouldn't give me her last name", the officer said. She also shouts obscenities at the officers the entire time.

There were a total of three body cam videos released.

The officer later says on video that the woman "tried kicking at us, so I slammed her on the ground". As Weinman made a phone call, the officer turned off the body cam and the alcohol gets poured out. She wouldn't give me her last name, so I said, 'Hey, if you're not going to give me your information, you're going to be locked up'.

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.

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On Tuesday, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.'s comments alluded to Weinman spiting at the officers before the arrest, provoking them: "She assaults them, she spits at them, she kicks them". "At that point, I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me".

Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said he finds the video "alarming" but doesn't want to "rush to any judgment" until the investigation is complete.

The officers involved in the incident have been reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation.

The footage then shows Weinman backing away from the officer, before he tosses her to the ground by her hair. Police say releasing the video was imperative for transparency and wasn't done sooner because juveniles and bystanders had to be redacted. "If she prevails in this then she certainly could pursue a civil action for any physical/emotional/injuries".

"My daughter is right here seeing this", she said.

"From what I see on the video and only on the video, from not even talking to the officers, I think they did a decent job", Regalbuto said. Their names are Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan, though it's unclear which officer hit Weinman.

Weinman has a summons to appear in court on June 15.

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