The scene on the beach at Wildwood got nasty Saturday afternoon when two police officers wrestled a woman on the ground, one of them wrapping his arm around her neck and punching her in the head, a video posted on Twitter with more than a million views shows.
“Stop resisting,” voices call out to the woman, as a baby wails and the woman repeatedly screams: “You’re not allowed to hit me and choke me like that!” and “I didn’t do anything wrong.”
However, according to police, the young woman had kicked an officer in the groin.
Emily Weinman was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction, and being a minor in possession of alcohol, police said on the department’s Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
According to court documents, the episode was not Weinman’s first encounter with police.
Weinman’s Facebook post, which is public, has become a forum for dozens of strangers weighing in on police misconduct and whether Weinman deserved to be punched.
In its own Facebook post, the Wildwood Police Department quotes Chief Robert N. Regalbuto as saying that “While he finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to judgment until having the final results of the investigation.”