- The first batch of police body cam video from that violent struggle over the weekend with a young woman on a Wildwood beach was released Wednesday.
Weinman's lawyer, Stephen Dicht, said the mayor's comments were "irresponsible", and accused police of exaggerating the charges, including an aggravated assault charge of spitting at or on an officer. Weinman screams in the video, as she walks away from the officer. "Alright, you're about to get dropped", he tells her.
The third video begins mid-confrontation, with Weinman being restrained on the sand by the officer.
"Look I don't care who you are and what you are, the worst people (to try to subdue) are women", he said. She tried kicking at us, so I slammed her on the ground. You can see Weinman place a call to her aunt who is of age, who she said brought the alcohol. Police then ask for her name several times before the situation deteriorates rapidly.
There were a total of three body cam videos released. The video shows 20-year-old Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, taking a breathalyzer test administered by a Wildwood police officer, who approached Weinman for suspicion of underage drinking.More news: Ex-IMF official Carlo Cottarelli asked to be Italy's new prime minister
In a Monday Facebook post, which has since been taken down, Weinman admitted to possessing alcohol, but that she hadn't been drinking. The officer flipped the camera back on mid-discussion, presumably after he explained he would allow Weinman to leave. 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'.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano says the body camera footage will show the woman spitting at the officers and kicking one in the groin. Cell phone video on social media captured an officer striking her during the course of the arrest. "At that point, I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me". In the meantime, the officers involved in the incident have been reassigned to administrative duty.
An internal investigation has been launched into the officers' conduct, according to a statement issued Sunday by the Wildwood Police Department. Then she turns around and spits toward the officers.
"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. "Maybe not. But then again maybe she did deserve it, I don't know", Troiano added.
A court date was set for June 6, though Dicht said it will probably be rescheduled for an unknown date.