A video posted to social media Saturday - and since viewed more than 3.6 million times - shows three Wildwood police officers on the beach, attempting to detain a woman later identified in a police statement as Emily Weinman, 20, of Philadelphia. To celebrate the American holiday Memorial Day, they had brought alcohol, but they had not drunk any yet when the police arrived and asked her to breathe in a Breathalyzer, which turned out to be negative. "Once the officer says "you're under arrest", he has to continue with that arrest".
"They're choking me!" Weinman yells while trying to free herself from the officer. In seconds, both are in the sand in a violent struggle. "They're choking me. I can not breathe". What are you doing? She tried kicking at us, so I slammed her on the ground. She told officers the bottles belonged to her aunt. "Upon the conclusion of the investigation in the coming days, and only after final review by the Cape May County Prosecutors Office, the Wildwood Police Department will release the findings and outcome of the investigation". Weinman was at the beach with her 18-month-old child and her boyfriend.
Weinman's arrest and the way the officers handled the situation remains under investigation.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. tells Philly.com the entire episode was a "shame".
She said the officer tackled her to the ground, forcing her to black out.
The body camera footage released Wednesday afternoon shows an officer as he confronts and argues with Weinman over the discovery of alcoholic iced tea drinks in her possession. "I didn't do anything to get written up, did I?"
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Authorities initially said Weinman kicked the officer in the genitals and ran off. Wildwood police said the delay in releasing the video was due to hiding the identities of others on the beach not involved in the incident.
"The number of people who think she got what she deserved is appalling", Dicht said.
When she was told she would be arrested, Weinman, "forcibly struck" the officer in the torso, causing the camera to turn off, according to Police Chief Robert Regalbuto.
The videos provide context minutes before the initial bystander video, which begins when an officer is already on top of Weinman, capturing the moment he brings his fist and forearm on and around her head.
"You have a young lady who was out of control".
A court date was set for June 6, though Dicht said it will probably be rescheduled for an unknown date.