A woman on a beach had a most unfortunate run in with police this weekend. The incident has polarized viewers. As she was being arrested, the woman fought the officers. When she resisted, the officers used force to subdue her. Now she is claiming that the officers didn’t need to punch her to make her comply, and that her treatment amounts to abuse.
The incident occurred on a beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. Emily Weinman was visiting from Philadelphia. She had alcohol with her, though she isn’t old enough to drink in NJ.
What happened before the fight isn’t on the video. It picks up with Weinman on the ground and two officers trying to restrain her. She is rolling and looks to be resisting arrest.
One officer, trying to retrain her arms, punches her. The other is trying to hold down her legs so he can put restraints around her ankles.
Here’s Weinman’s version of the events:
So, I decide to go on the beach with my daughter, her father and friend. I had alcohol, it’s Memorial Day weekend and 90 percent of people are underage drinking on the beach, without a doubt. Two cops approach me on a their four wheelers and ask me and my friend how old we are, we gave them our ages. Then, we got breathalized, and it came back negative. I told them I wasn’t drinking and the alcohol was clearly closed/sealed, which the cops seen. They still stayed, the one cop following me when I walked away to go make a phone call after they did what they had to do.. like okay, they did their job and I cooperated Therefore I asked them don’t they have something better to do as cops than to stop people for underage drinking on the beach, saying to that there’s so much more serious stuff going on… the cop said, “I was gonna let you go but now I’ll write you up” and he asked my name. I did not do anything wrong and anything could’ve been written down on that paper so I wouldn’t give it to him. At that point I was told if I don’t give it to him he’s going to arrest me. I told him I have my 18 month old daughter with me and there’s no need for all of it and that again, I’m not gonna give him my information knowing I didn’t do anything wrong. He told me he’s arresting me and started coming towards me to put handcuffs on me. I cautiously was backing up from him (facing him) and yelled for my daughters father. (he was playing in the ocean with our daughter at the time).. I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand. At that point I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me. Thats when he head locked me me by his arm around my neck, punched on me in my head and then he head locked me again but this time choking me, I was gasping for ear. Yes, i know I should’ve gave him my name.. I was partly wrong in a way but I was scared; Like I said I didn’t do anything wrong and anything could’ve been written on that paper, the whole situation was iffy and I didn’t trust it.. especially being aware of the fact of how grimy law enforcement can be now a days. & honestly, I can say if I took even a sip, then I would’ve gave them my information and called it a day; I’m underage, so I know better. But this whole situation was handled wrongly and blew out of proportion all because these pigs didn’t do their jobs the way they were TRAINED to do so. maybe that’s just how they train them nowadays, who knows with the world we live in today Now, I’m over here with a sore body, banging headache and the thought of ever trusting a police officer again if anything were to happen in the future. That’s what we call them for right? We are supposed to feel safe and trust our police officers for anything. Oh, did I mention that they didn’t even take the beer (like they’re supposed to since we were underage) and finish getting my friends info?? They obviously were there to stir the pot. I know I’m not the first this happened too and definitely am sure that I will not be the last!!
The Wildwood Police Department has yet to make a comment on the situation, and won’t until after the Memorial Day holiday.
Reactions to the video are mixed. While many see this fight at the end and hold up the officer’s punches as evidence of a trend of excessive force, others say the two officers were well within their rights. Weinman was breaking the law, knowingly. She then copped an attitude with the officers, escalating the situation. When they moved to arrest her, which was well within the scope of their legal responsibilities, she resisted.
Source: The Tribunist