A Memorial Day weekend trip to a New Jersey beach placed one Pennsylvania woman at the center of the latest case of alleged police brutality caught on video.
As WPVI reported, 20-year-old Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, was on a beach in Wildwood, N.J., when officers attempted to detain her on suspicion of criminal conduct including underage drinking, disorderly conduct and aggravated assault on police.
She allegedly spit at the officers and attempted to walk away to use her phone during the arrest.
The suspect reportedly described the incident in a Facebook post that has since been deleted.
“So, I decide to go on the beach with my daughter, her father and friend,” the post read.
Weinman reportedly downplayed her possession of alcohol, saying that “90 percent of people are underage drinking on the beach, without a doubt.”
The post claimed that two police officer approached, asked their age and subjected them to a Breathalyzer test, which she said came back negative.
“I told them I wasn’t drinking and the alcohol was clearly closed/sealed, which the cops seen,” the Facebook post read.
Reportedly admitting to taunting the officers by asking if they had “something better to do as cops than to stop people for underage drinking on the beach,” she wrote that one officer told her he would issue a citation instead of letting her go as he had initially planned.
She then declined to give the officer her name, according to the post.
In response to her alleged attempt to resist arrest, video captured by a witness appears to show the officer punch Weinman in the head.
The Wildwood Police Department acknowledged the complaint, confirming in a statement that an internal affairs investigation is underway into the allegations against the officer.
“Chief Regalbuto stated that while he finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgment until having the final results of the investigation,” the statement read.
Those with information related to the incident can contact Detective Lt. Kenneth Gallagher with tips by calling 609-522-0222.
[Featured image: video screenshot]