Emily Weinman, 20, of Philadelphia, was arrested on Saturday and charged with serious personal injury, a police officer, severe bodily injury from spitting body fluids at a police officer, improper conduct, resistance to arrest, disability, and minors in possession of alcohol.
Video of the arrest shows three officers holding Weinman in the sand. An officer hits her on the back of her head as they hold her back. A woman in the background keeps screaming, "Stop resisting."
Wildwood, Public Security Commissioner Tony Leonetti, told NBC1
In a Facebook post, Weinman said that she and her friend were first confronted by two officers. While admitting she was in possession of alcohol while she was a minor, Weinman claims that she had not drunk at the time and that the liquor was closed. She also said that she did an alcohol test that came back negative. After the test, Weinman says the officers still stay with her and an official followed her as she walked away to make a phone call.
"That's why I asked them if they have anything better to do with policemen for drinking minors on the beach and say that there is so much more serious stuff," Weinman wrote. "The policeman said, & # 39; I wanted to let you go, but now I'll write you down & he asked for my name."
Weinman said she had not given the officer her name because she had "done nothing wrong." Weinman claims that the officer then announced that he wanted to arrest her and went to handcuff her ,
"I stumbled and fell and the policeman rammed me on the ground and hit my head in the sand," Weinman wrote. "At that point, I fainted and fought every possible way to get up and push him off."  Weinman wrote that she was "partially in some ways wrong" because she had not given the officer her name, but that she did not.
"As I said, I did not do anything wrong, and anything could have been written on this paper, the whole situation was doubtful, and I did not trust her," she wrote. "Above all, I realize how horrible law enforcement can be today."
Since its release on social media, the video has triggered a debate, some support the actions of civil servants, others insist that people wait for a whole story to be revealed before the verdict and condemn others for what they do hold excessive force.
Wildwood Police says an internal investigation was initiated immediately and the officers involved were assigned to the administrative task until the outcome.
"Chief Regalbuto stated that although he considers this video alarming, he does not want to rush to a verdict until the final results of the investigation are available," wrote a spokesman for the Wildwood Police.
Leonetti also reported NBC10 from them I am waiting to see the camera images of the officer in question.
The police asks anyone who has witnessed the incident and has more video to contact Detective Lieutenant Kenneth Gallagher at 609-522-0222
I was sleeping on the beach and I woke up .. I can not believe it .. pic.twitter.com/UJE5Sy7E4G
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