An investigation is underway after video shows a New Jersey police officer striking a woman several times during a beach arrest.

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Police investigate after video shows Wildwood officer striking woman during beach arrest

May 27, 2018 - 7:26 pm
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WILDWOOD, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- An investigation is underway after video shows a New Jersey police officer striking a woman several times during a beach arrest over Memorial Day weekend.

Officials with the City of Wildwood Police Department issued a statement Sunday regarding the incident and say an internal affairs investigation was immediately initiated into this matter.

Emily Weinman, 20, of Philadelphia took to Facebook Sunday, following the arrest, and said she was on the beach with her 18-month-old child, the child’s father, and a friend at the time of the incident.

Weinman’s post, which has since been removed, went on to say that both she and her friend were confronted by two officers who asked the pair for their age. Weinman claims after giving their ages the officers conducted a breathalyzer, which she claims was negative.

“I told them I wasn’t drinking and the alcohol was clearly closed/sealed, which the cops seen,” she wrote.

Weinman said following the test, one officer followed her as she walked away to make a phone call.

“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,” she said.

Weinman said she felt she didn’t do anything wrong and refused to provide police with her name. She said the officer told her that if she didn’t give her name that she would be placed under arrest, and she still refused.

“He told me he’s arresting me and started coming towards me to put handcuffs on me,” Weinman wrote.

She said she began to back away from the officer when, “I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand.”

Video of the arrested had surfaced online hours later, and has since been seen by millions.

“At that point I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me,” she said.

The video shows one of the officers strike Weinman several times in the head and placing her in a headlock during the arrest.

Multiple voices in the video can be heard shouting at Weinman to “stop resisting arrest” as she rolled around in the sand.

“Yes, I know I should’ve gave him my name," Weidman wrote. "I was partly wrong in a way but I was scared.”

“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,” she said.

Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said while he finds the video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgment until the investigation is complete.

According to police, the officers involved have been reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of a full and thorough investigation.

Authorities say Weidman is facing two counts of 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.

Anyone that may have been present during this altercation and has supporting video that could assist us with this investigation are strongly encouraged to contact Detective Lieutenant Kenneth Gallagher at 609-522-0222.

Officials say the Cape May County Prosecutors Office, Professional Standards Unit will also be assisting in this investigation.