Cell phone video went viral showing the woman being punched in the head twice by an officer as he tried to restrain her. Weinman starts yelling. The officer grabs hold of her by her hair.
An attorney for Weinman told the publication that the charges against her are exaggerated. Police approached her after they suspected she was drinking while underage. Weinman said she passed the Breathalyzer test police administered after asking for her age. Weinman was apprehended after she refused to provide her last name to the officers.
Weinman was arrested on Saturday and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at/on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and minor in possession of alcohol.
None of the officers involved have prior histories of using excessive force but the county prosecutor's office is investigating the incident, Regalbuto said.
Weinman also appears to spit at an officer as she is being led away toward a police auto.
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"You're about to get dropped", the officer warns. On Wednesday, police released body cam footage. With two hands facing forward toward the officer, she shoves him before the second video ends abruptly. The alcohol belonged to her aunt, Weinman explained sternly but calmly, and she was on her way back. "She was very cooperative, but for whatever reason, the police didn't stop there". In the video you can hear her telling the police that not only was she not drinking, (confirmed by the breathalyzer) but the containers were unopened.
"During the initial encounter, the Officer can be heard stating that he was just going to have Ms. Weinman pour the alcohol out, without issuing any violations and then he terminates the recording", said police in a news release.
"She wouldn't give me her last name", the officer said.
"I'm not choking", the officer says moments before punching her in front of a crowd of beachgoers. "I didn't disrespect you", Weinman says. Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano defended the police Tuesday, noting Weinman was "by far the aggressor here" and pointing out that women can be harder to subdue than men. She tried kicking at us, so I slammed her on the ground. "I don't know. The internal investigation will determine that", the mayor said. "I didn't do anything wrong". Police then ask for her name several times before the situation deteriorates rapidly. "They didn't find that she had done anything wrong", Dicht said.
Wildwood officials say the mother assaulted the officers first, with one officer claiming she kicked him.