Attorney: Wildwood officers arresting client was 'overreaction'

New Jersey cops tackle mother Emily Weinman for drinking

New Jersey cops tackle mother Emily Weinman for drinking

It began with an officer having 20-year-old Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, blowing into a breathalyzer a couple times after suspecting underage drinking.

Moments before the beachgoer is pushed to the ground and repeatedly punched, the officer tells her that she's "about to get dropped".

Weinman claims she cooperated with their requests at first, but refused to give them her name when they asked for it to give her a citation. Police then ask for her name several times before the situation deteriorates rapidly.

"This matter is still under investigation, however, in an effort to insure transparency with the public we serve, it was imperative that this video be released as soon as feasibly possible", the statement said.

A bystander posted video online showing a Wildwood police officer punching Emily Weinman in the head during the Saturday arrest. Weinman was at the beach with her 18-month-old child and her boyfriend. The officer flipped the camera back on mid-discussion, presumably after he explained he would allow Weinman to leave. "One must also question whether proper discretion was used in what should have simply been issuing her a summons for underage possession of alcohol and whether the officers' actions escalated the situation", Stahl continues.

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In a press release on Wednesday, police say Weinman "forcibly struck" the officer in the torso and caused the camera to turn off.

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. I told them I wasn't drinking and the alcohol was clearly closed/sealed, which the cops seen", she wrote on Facebook. During the struggle, police said the camera resumes recording.

The officers have been placed on administrative duty while Wildwood and county prosecutors investigate the incident, reported The New York Post. Their names are Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan, though it's unclear which officer hit Weinman. The video ends with her appearing to push the lead officer, momentarily blacking out his camera again. On the final video, Weinman is shown on the ground resisting officers trying to handcuff her.

"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 told NJ.com.

A court date was set for June 6, though Dicht said it will probably be rescheduled for an unknown date.

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