Police release body cam videos of violent arrest on New Jersey beach

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Wildwood Police have released three redacted body-cam videos Wednesday night of the violent arrest involving a 20-year-old at Wildwood beach who was suspected of underage drinking.

Footage of a woman punched and strangled by police on Wildwood Beach in New Jersey (USA), Saturday, May 26, has been viewed more than six million times.

An attorney for Weinman tells CBS3 this new video doesn't change anything and that it's not consistent with what Wildwood has claimed, that she was the aggressor. The first video shows police asking Weinman to blow into a breathalyzer, and asking if she's underage.

An officer tells her she has one last chance to provide her identification. In the meantime, the officers involved in the incident have been reassigned to administrative duty.

"Alright, you're about to get dropped", the officer says before the video cuts out because Weinman hits him in the chest, knocking the body camera. "I didn't do anything wrong!"

Officers are heard conversing with Weinman about the alcohol possession.

Police say Weinman forcibly struck the officer in the torso where the body camera was mounted and caused the camera to turn off.

The officer later says on video that the woman "tried kicking at us, so I slammed her on the ground".

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She says she failed a breathalyser test, but denied she had been drinking the contents of the bottle she had on her.

"Alright, that's it. I'm done with you", the officer says in the video.

"There are certain points where you have to defend yourself and some points where you're not, they knew this weekend was going to be a little out of hand and I feel like they should have handled it properly", Allison Hartwyk explained.

"Thats when he headlocked me by his arm around my neck, punched on me in my head and then he headlocked me again but this time choking me, I was gasping for air", she said.

Wildwood police said on their Facebook page that 20-year-old Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, faces several charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano defended the police Tuesday, noting Weinman was "by far the aggressor here" and pointing out that women can be harder to subdue than men. "They're choking me. I can not breathe".

"This young lady attacked our officer", Troiano said. "She probably would have just gotten a citation".

Weinman has a summons to appear in court on June 15. The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office's is now investigating the incident.

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