Wildwood cops placed on administrative duty following viral video

Mike Dougherty
May 29, 2018 - 7:04 pm
 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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WILDWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Two police officers in Wildwood have been reassigned to administrative duty while investigators try to figure out if excessive force was used against a young woman who cops say was resisting arrest. 

A viral video from Sunday shows one officer punching 20-year-old Philadelphia resident Emily Weinman in the head at least twice while the other went to secure her legs.

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"I don't know what she was doing. And I don't know what prompted him to do it," said Wildwood Mayor Erine Troiano. "The investigation will handle all that."

Troiano said the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the footage, which has been seen on Twitter more than 6 million times.

"I wasn't there. The body cam, which is now in the prosecutor's hands, is being investigated. That's going to tell you a lot, and I think from what I gather from the people who looked at it, that the officers were restrained in what they did."

Weinman is facing numerous charges after the incident, including with aggravated assault against a police officer and resisting arrest. But police say the video only shows part of the scuffle.

Police said Weinman was caught underage drinking and then kicked the cop in the crotch when he demanded she hand over her ID.

"A young lady who was out of control. Did she deserve to get hit? Maybe not. But then again, maybe she did. I don't know. That's something that the internal investigation will determine," Troiano added.