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Video of officer beating woman on N.J. beach goes viral

Posted at 11:32 AM, May 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 00:55:32-04

A video of a woman who was allegedly resisting arrest while being beaten by police officers on a New Jersey beach on Saturday has been shared 1,000s of times since being published. 

Emily Weinman, a resident of Philadelphia, claimed that officers questioned her about underage drinking while she was on a beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. Weinman claimed that she was given an alcohol breath test, which came back negative. 

Weinman added in a Facebook post that the officers from the Wildwood, New Jersey Police were going to let her go, but when she asked officers why they were enforcing underage drinking rather than more serious crimes, that is when the officers had a change of heart. 

Weinman said that officers asked for her to identify herself, which she refused to do. 

Weinman claims an officer said, "I was gonna let you go but now I'll write you up."

"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," she said. "He told me he’s arresting me and started coming towards me to put handcuffs on me."

Weinman then called for her daughter's father who was in the water at the time.

"I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand," Weinman said. "At that point I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me. That's when he head locked me me (sic) by his arm around my neck, punched on me in my head."

According to the Star Ledger, Wildwood Police is declining to comment until after the Memorial Day holiday. KYW-TV in Philadelphia did confirm with local police that the video is authentic, and an investigation is ongoing.