Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Video shows officer punching woman in the head on New Jersey beach

Video shows officer punching woman in the head on New Jersey beach

Police have launched an investigation after video posted online shows an officer punching a woman on a beach in southern New Jersey.

People can be heard shouting "stop resisting" at the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey.

The video shows a Wildwood police officer punching Weinman twice - once in the head and once in the neck - and putting her in a chokehold. The incident happened on Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. Emily Weinman from Philadelphia posted on her Facebook page that she is the person who police tried to arrest.

"I had alcohol, it's Memorial Day weekend and 90 per cent of people are underage drinking on the beach, without a doubt", said Emily.

Video of an officer throwing punches was captured by Alexis Hewitt.

Weinman is facing charges including assault, spitting on an officer, resisting arrest and having alcohol underage. Both officers involved have been placed on administrative duty.

After she refused to give her name, Weinman said, a cop told her he was putting her under arrest.

According to court records, Weinman was arrested on September 6, 2016 on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, burglary, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

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Weinman's Facebook post has been deleted (or made private), but you can watch the violent video below via NJ.com. "He told me he's arresting me and started coming towards me to put handcuffs on me".

According to Troiano, the city is "taking an aggressive stance to end [underage drinking]".

"I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand", she continued. "I didn't do anything wrong". She can be heard protesting her arrest and how officers were handling her.

"We don't like to see anyone get hit, period", the mayor said. But then again, when you have someone who's aggressively attacking you or spitting at you.

The Wildwood Police Department is strongly encouraging anyone who was present during the incident and has more video or information to contact Detective Lt. Kenneth Gallagher at 609-522-0222.

"There are certain points where you have to defend yourself and some points where you're not, they knew this weekend was going to be a little out of hand and I feel like they should have handled it properly", Allison Hartwyk explained.

The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, Professional Standards Unit, will be aiding Wildwood police in the investigation, Wildwood authorities said.

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