While most horrific events go unrecorded this one happened to be captured, sure not all police do things like this, but it is something we are becoming increasingly aware of. As more and more people are beginning to reveal moments of police brutality this one is not for the faint of heart.
This video was posted on Twitter by someone named Lexy Hewitt after the incident occurred. The post caption went something like “I was sleeping on the beach and I woke up to this. I can’t believe it!” This video has since been reuploaded many times over on facebook, twitter, and elsewhere. A girl named Emily Weinman is the one who was being assaulted by officers. This happened just days ago in Wildwood, New Jersey and brings a message with it that should not be ignored.
Basically, two cops approach this girl and demand to know whether or not she is of age to drink alcoholic beverages. The girl then responds with something along the lines of asking them if they have something better to do than stop underage drinking on the beach. From here things went south. While we do not have the whole story there is obviously more to it.
CBS Philly reported that police officials told said that the girl was underage and drinking (20 years old) and that she was drunk refusing to provide them with her ID. Then from there, she ‘kicked one of the officers in the genitals and ran.’ We do not know for sure that this is exactly what happened as that part was not captured on the viral film but regardless it does seem excessive force was used once she was brought down (tackled) and then beaten. The police station has mentioned having body cam footage but that has not been released just yet and will hold the complete story. Surely that will be released very soon and we can get things situated from there.
The two officers involved have been reassigned to administrative duty for the time being and Weinman is facing assault charges as well for her alleged kicking of the officer/resisting arrest and so forth. She posted to Facebook after all of this happened about the incident and her story seems quite different from the police’s side.
Weinman posted as follows (the post has since been deleted):
“So, I decide to go on the beach with my daughter, her father, and friend. I had alcohol, it’s Memorial Day weekend and 90 percent of people are underage drinking on the beach, without a doubt. Two cops approached me on their four-wheelers and ask me and my friend how old we are, we gave them our ages. Then, we got breatalized, and it came back negative. I told them I wasn’t drinking and the alcohol was clearly closed/sealed, which the cops seen.
They still stayed, the one cop following me when I walked away to go make a phone call after then did what they had to do… like okay, they did their job and I cooperated therefore I asked them don’t they have something better to do as cops than to stop people for underage drinking on the beach, saying to that there’s so much more serious stuff going on… the cop said “I was gonna let you go but now I’ll write you up.” and he asked my name.
I did not do anything wrong and anything could’ve been written down on that paper so I wouldn’t give it to him. At that point I was told if I don’t give it to him he’s going to arrest me. I told him I have my 18-month-old daughter with me and there’s no need for all of it and that again, I’m not gonna give him my information knowing I didn’t do anything wrong. He told me he’s arresting me and started coming towards me to put handcuffs on me. I cautiously was backing up from him (facing him) and yelled for my daughter’s father (he was playing in the ocean with our daughter at the time)…
I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand. At that point, I blacked out and fought anyway possible trying to get up and push him off me. That’s when he head locked me by his arm around my neck, punched on me in my head and then he locked me again but this time choking me, I was gasping for air.
Yes, I know I should’ve gave him my name… I was partly wrong in a way but I was scared; Like I said I didn’t do anything wrong and anything could’ve been written on that paper, the whole situation was iffy and I didn’t trust it… especially being aware of the fact of how grimy law enforcement can be nowadays. & honestly, I can say if I took even a sip, then I would’ve gave them my information and called it a day; I’m underage, so I know better. But this whole situation was handled wrongly and blew out of proportion all because these pigs didn’t do their jobs the way they we’re TRAINED to do so. Maybe that’s just how they train them nowadays, who knows with the world we live in today.
Now, I’m over here with a sore body, banging headache and the thought of ever trusting a police officer again if anything were to happen in the future. That’s what we call them for right? We are supposed to feel safe and trust out police officers for anything. Oh, did I mention that they didn’t even take the beer (like they’re supposed to since we were underage) and finish getting my friend’s info?? They obviously were there to stir the pot. I know I’m not the first this happened too and definitely am sure that I will not be the last!!”
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