New Jersey police have released the bodycam footage of what led up to and followed an incident captured in a viral video of a police officer punching a female beach-goer in the head. . .
I was sleeping on the beach and I woke up to this.. i can’t believe it.. pic.twitter.com/UJE5Sy7E4G
— Lexy (@HewittLexy) May 26, 2018
In the nine-minute clip of bodycam footage released by Wildwood police Wednesday, police officers are seen asking the woman featured in the video, Emily Weinman, 20 — who was on the beach with her 18-month-old daughter, the girl’s father and a friend — to breathe into a breathalyzer after finding alcoholic iced tea drinks near her.
The drinks, she tells the officers, are her aunt’s. When the officer asks where her aunt is, Weinman says she’s allowed to carry alcohol underage, just not consume it. The officer cites both “possession and consumption” as potential offenses. When Weinman refuses to give the officer her last name, the situation unravels.
“You thought we were drinking, so now you’re mad because your breathalyzer came up negative,” Weinman said as an officer is apparently writing a citation. “You don’t need my last name.” . . .
The police department has defended the actions of the officer. “From what I see on the video and only on the video, from not even talking to the officers, I think they did a decent job,” Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said of the bodycam footage released Wednesday, NJ.com reports. “I think we could have done a better job at trying to explain to her, but it didn’t appear Ms. Weinman wanted to hear what we had to say.”
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