WILDWOOD — City police on Wednesday released three separate body camera video clips from a violent arrest Saturday on the beach.

The video, obtained by The Press of Atlantic City, shows Emily Weinman, 20, of Philadelphia, apparently refusing to give officers her last name after they cited her for having alcohol on the beach. Weinman tells police the alcohol container is closed, but police tell her it is against the law to have openly displayed alcohol on the beach. It is also illegal for a person under 21 to be in possession of alcohol, police say on the video.

One body cam video clip shows the officer wrestling her to the ground.

The video shows Weinman and the officer struggle on the ground. Weinman screams, “You’re choking me!” The officer responds, “I’m not choking you.”

At one point, the video shows the officer hitting Weinman twice, and he wrestles her to the ground again.

The second officer kneels down next to Weinman, and she spits toward him, the video shows. Her lawyer has said Weinman was spitting sand out of her mouth.

Weinman’s lawyer, Stephen Dicht, said she did not push the officers.

“She’s a tiny girl, she wasn’t trying to go up against three cops,” he said.

The three officers have been identified as Thomas Cannon, John Hillman and Robert Jordan, who are all employed by Wildwood as Class II, or seasonal, officers. The officers have been reassigned to administrative duty pending an investigation by the Police Department.

The video shows back-and-forth between the officers and Weinman, in which Weinman tells the officers, “You’re not going to arrest me because I didn’t do anything wrong. You are just mad because you thought we were drinking.”

One officer then says, “OK, I’ve had enough of you” and gets handcuffs out to arrest her.

Weinman, who is barefoot, clad in bathing suit and shorts, begins to back up and run from the officers screaming at them not to touch her. While walking after her, one officer says, “You’re about to get dropped.”

Weinman continues to run away from the officers and then appears to put her hands up. The camera then goes black. It is unclear whether she just put her hands up or pushed the officer.

Dicht said the timing of her spitting is important because Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano previously said her spitting led to her being wrestled to the ground and hit.

The video also did not show Weinman kicking the officers.

“Everyone said the body camera would show she was kicking and spitting, and it shows none of that,” Dicht said.

Troiano said Wednesday after the tapes were released that it shows the officers did nothing wrong.

“He was not punching her,” Troiano said of the officer. “If she would have complied, none of this would have happened.”

Troiano said Weinman got hit in the head because she was “flailing around.”

In a statement, Wildwood police said the investigation will be wrapping up in the coming days. Once police conclude their investigation, it will be turned over to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, according to the statement. After the review, the results will be released.

Contact: 609-272-7260 JDeRosier@pressofac.com witter @ACPressDeRosier

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