Police release body cam video of woman's arrest at New Jersey beach

Police release body cam video of woman's arrest at New Jersey beach

New Jersey's Wildwood Police department released bodycam footage on May 30, showing the dramatic arrest of a woman on a beach during Memorial Day weekend. Weinman screams in the video, as she walks away from the officer. An officer can be heard saying, "You're about to get dropped".

"You're not allowed to hit me and choke me like that", Weinman shouts. She tried kicking at us, so I slammed her on the ground.

Weinman is facing charges including assault, spitting on an officer, resisting arrest and having alcohol underage.

As the second officer holds her legs steady, a third approaches to control the gathering crowd.

"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.

As a result of the incident, Weinman was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction, and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

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Weinman's arrest and the way the officers handled the situation remains under investigation.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said Wednesday that when he viewed the body cam video, it was much different from what was seen in the other video posted online. She said the officer then informed her he was arresting her.

She runs away, shouting profanities and telling the officers not to handcuff her.

"Did she deserve to get hit?"

The officers have been reassigned to administrative duty during the investigation.

Weinman's lawyer, Stephen Dicht, said the bodycamera footage doesn't change anything and "shows the police overreacted and used excessive force". However, aggravated assault on a police officer is often times reduced in plea bargains to simple assault.

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The two punches seen in the video that went viral earlier this week are not clearly visible from the officer's body camera, but the moment of the woman's most extreme distress can be seen.

"The number of people who think she got what she deserved is appalling", Dicht said.

"That's it", the cop says before punching her in the head several times. On Wednesday, Wildwood police released video that show's the officer's perspective. "If she prevails in this then she certainly could pursue a civil action for any physical/emotional/injuries".

The officers involved were identified as Class II patrolmen Thomas Cannon, John Hillman, and Robert Jordan.

Troiano told NJ.com that Weinman "refused to comply" and police were doing their job.

Weinman has a summons to appear in court on June 15.

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