Police released body camera video footage showing the violent arrest of a Philadelphia woman accused of underage drinking in Wildwood, New Jersey, over the memorial day weekend. City Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. spoke of "shame" after the incident but also said the police had a video of Emily Weinman spitting at police officers and insulting them.
Weinman was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (two counts), Aggravated Assault by Spitting Bodily Fluids at/on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction and Minor in Possession of Alcohol, according to police.
One of the officers punched Weinman as she resisted, and as she was being cuffed, she spat in the officer's direction before being taken to a nearby police vehicle.
"Alright, you're about to get dropped", the officer says before the video cuts out because Weinman hits him in the chest, knocking the body camera.
Police have identified the officers involved as Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan.More news: Hamas says groups agree to Gaza ceasefire if Israel reciprocates
The attorney for Emily Weinman says the body cam video shows "Excessive force and overreaction" by police telling FOX 29 quote: "It's all the same to me" when comparing the viral witness video with the footage released by police.
Chief Regalbuto stated that while he finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgement until having the final results of the investigation.
"You don't need my last name", she says as she starts to walk away from him. After a back and forth between Weinman and the officer, she refuses to give the officer her whole name.
She said she shared the video - which has been shared more than 130,000 times online - because the "situation was handled wrongly and blew out of proportion". The 54-second clip ends with the woman exclaiming, "I didn't do anything wrong", as cops attempt to handcuff her. Police then ask for her name several times before the situation deteriorates rapidly. "[The] cops smashed my head into the ground when he tackled me and I spit the sand out of my mouth", 20-year-old Emily Weinman said in a Facebook message to an Inquirer and Daily News reporter Monday. "I think we could have done a better job at trying to explain to her, but it didn't appear Ms. Weinman wanted to hear what we had to say. At that point, the police officer did what he had to do". The beachgoer said she woke up to the altercation and began filming.
At one point, the officer says, "Back up!" "She tried to tell us it was okay for her to possess alcohol and that doesn't make any sense".