Emily Weinman

Wildwood, NJ, beachgoer Emily Weinman screams at police just before she is thrown down and beaten in a video of the incident. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Wildwood NJ beachgoer Emily Weinman of Philadelphia became a viral video star after a bystander posted a video of her being thrown to the ground and punched repeatedly during an arrest. Today, police released body cam video which officials say exonerates them. But you be the judge.

The initial video of Weinman was taken by Alexis Hewitt, a bystander. It went viral and was posted by media outlets around the globe, sparking outrage over the physical assault.

The incident started routinely enough after one officer claimed he spotted the woman and a friend with alcohol.

The drinking age in New Jersey is 21. Weinman is 20. She said the alcohol belonged to her aunt. The containers were unopened and she appeared to pass a sobriety breath test as did her friend.

But when the officer began asking for more information, she became argumentative and refused to give her last name. “I’ll give you one more chance,” the officer said.

“What’s your last name?” he asked.

“You don’t need my last name,” she replied.

“Okay, I’m done with you,” the officer replied asking his colleague for some handcuffs.

“Don’t touch me,” she replied and walked away from the officers. Another cop then said: “You’re about to get dropped.”

When the officer approached her, she tried to push him away. The officer grabbed her by the hair and threw her on the sand.

Emily Weinman in a selfie posted on Facebook. (Photo: Emily Weinman/Facebook)

Weinman’s lawyer Stephen Dicht told nj.com the beating his client endured was the result of inferior training.

“The Attorney General’s use of force policy states that officers trying to get a subject under control should use “only that force which is objectively reasonable and necessary,” he said.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said Weinman was “out of control.”

“She assaults them, she spits at them, she kicks them. At that point, the police officer did what he had to do,” Troiano said told the Web site. “I didn’t see her put her hands behind her back. I didn’t see any of that.”

“From what I gather from the people that looked at it, you’ll see that the officers were restrained in what they did.”

An internal investigation is underway.

She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at/on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Weinman has a history of criminal misconduct.

She pleaded guilty last November to misdemeanor simple assault and misdemeanor “recklessly endangering another person.” She was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay just under $10,000 for court costs and restitution, according to court files in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County.

Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest culture news. The first video was taken by police body cams. The second was taken by a bystander.

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