Police in Wildwood, New Jersey released body cam video showing Saturday's arrest of a 20-year-old woman on the beach.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano says the body camera footage will show the woman spitting at the officers and kicking one in the groin. Wildwood police said on its Facebook page that 20-year-old Emily Weinman of Philadelphia faces multiple charges, including assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
Police officers asked Weinman to breathe into a breath analysis device after they found alcohol near her beach blankets.
"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", Wildwood police said in a statement.
The chain of events would lead to an incident captured on a separate bystander video: An officer on top of Weinman, punching her at least twice.
Her attorney, Stephen Dicht, criticized Troiano for commenting on his client's character. "What they did to her was just an overreaction", Dicht said.
The young mother is led to a police auto after being handcuffed on the beach.
As the officer approaches her, Weinman puts her hands up and appears to touch the camera, and then the video turns off.
"OK, I'm done with you... do you have cuffs on you?" one officer says to his partner.
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The footage then shows Weinman backing away from the officer, before he tosses her to the ground by her hair.
"Look I don't care who you are and what you are, the worst people (to try to subdue) are women", he said.
Weinman is facing charges including assault, spitting on an officer, resisting arrest and having alcohol underage.
The third video begins mid-confrontation, with Weinman being restrained on the sand by the officer. During the struggle, police said the camera resumes recording.
Yet there are crucial moments missing from the trio of videos released Wednesday. They demand to know her last name.
"This young lady attacked our officer", Troiano said. She argues that the alcohol isn't opened, but one of the officers tell her that because the bottle is visible, she can be charged for an "open display". Did she deserve to get hit?
Weinman has a summons to appear in court on June 15.
The officer asked Weinman for her name, which she refused to give, according to the post. The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office's is now investigating the incident.