The Wildwood Police Department on Wednesday evening released footage captured by the body camera worn by the officer directly involved in the arrest of a 20-year-old mother on the beach over Memorial Day weekend.
An attorney for 20-year-old Emily Weinman tells Philly.com the charges against her are exaggerated. Following a period of muted audio while the officer is speaking to the other woman, Weinman can be heard not complying with the officer's request for her name.
One of the officers tells her: "You're about to get dropped".
"You're not allowed to hit me and choke me like that", Weinman shouts. The camera was reactivated during the struggle with the woman seen in the third video. "Matthew, they're choking me". "Look I don't care who you are and what you are, the worst people [to try to subdue] are women". Police then ask for her name several times before the situation deteriorates rapidly.
Weinman's lawyer, Stephen Dicht, said after viewing the body cam videos, "I don't think it puts the police in a good light".
A bystander posted video online showing a Wildwood police officer punching Emily Weinman in the head during the Saturday arrest. He said the city is taking an "aggressive stance" against underage drinking on the beach.
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Ms Weinman resisted arrest, claiming she hadn't done anything wrong.
An officer tells her she has one last chance to provide her identification.
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".
"It appears to me like he was trying to use a pressure point strike to be able to bend her arm, but the (internal affairs unit) hasn't done the interview yet so we will find out from the officers themselves", Regalbuto said. As the video shows, Weinman states that the alcohol belonged to her aunt, who was not seen in the recordings.
The videos show the woman and the two officers arguing about unopened cans of alcohol. "She was very cooperative, but for whatever reason, the police didn't stop there", Dicht said. Did she deserve to get hit?
The officers were identified as Class II patrolmen Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan. The second time, Troiano said, the woman moved her head in a direction of the officer's hand. "If she prevails in this then she certainly could pursue a civil action for any physical/emotional/injuries".