On cam: New Jersey cops punch woman on a beach

Hannah Rogers
May 31, 2018

Jersey's police department released bodycam footage showing the dramatic arrest of a woman on a beach during Memorial Day weekend.

Weinman, 20, of Philadelphia, was charged with assaulting officers by kicking and spitting on them during the encounter.

Emily Weinman of Philadelphia was at the New Jersey beach with her daughter, her daughter's father and a friend when the officers approached them on Saturday and ask them if there were any underage drinking going on. The officer then says, "You're about to get dropped".

Weinman yells that she can't breathe and that she's being choked while she continues to struggle. "Look I don't care who you are and what you are, the worst people [to try to subdue] are women".

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. She told officers the bottles belonged to her aunt.

He also expressed frustration at the amount of underage drinking, saying no one is allowed to drink in public or on the beach in Wildwood unless they are attending an event that has received a permit to allow drinking. It is not clear which officer hit Weinman.

"All she had to do was give the name", the mayor said.

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"That's it", the officer says and begins to punch her multiple times in the head.

The body camera footage shows an officer as he confronts and argues with Ms Weinman over the discovery of alcoholic iced tea drinks in her possession. Cell phone video on social media captured an officer striking her during the course of the arrest. "I didn't see her put her hands behind her back".

Regalbuto said the two officers were placed on administrative duty pending an investigation. Stephen Dicht, Weinman's lawyer, told NJ.com that the footage "shows the police overreacted and used excessive force", and reiterated his prior statement that the officers hadn't received proper training in the use of force.

Weinman walks away from the officers protesting that she has done nothing wrong, and after she appears to turn and shove the cop wearing the camera, they slam her to the ground, with one officer holding her down as the other pulls her hair and hits her on the head. "The police did their job".

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

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

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