Police caught on video arresting a woman at the beach have been taken off the street pending an official probe into their actions. The Wildwood Police Department said 20-year-old Emily Weinman, who can be seen being arrested in the video, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I was sleeping on the beach and I woke up to this.. i can’t believe it.. <a href="https://t.co/UJE5Sy7E4G">pic.twitter.com/UJE5Sy7E4G</a></p>— Lexy (@HewittLexy) <a href="https://twitter.com/HewittLexy/status/1000511462425681921?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The arrest was shared on social media in a 54-second video clip posted online which shows one of the cops punching Weinman when she resists, a tactic known as "distracting blows" which is a legal use of force when a suspect is resisting. It took two officers to subdue the unruly woman as a third tried to keep bystanders from getting too close. The video has garnered over 2 million views and was posted by Twitter user @HewittLexy who said she recorded the video at 4:11 p.m. Saturday.
A Wildwood PD statement on Facebook said, "An Internal Affairs Investigation was immediately initiated into this matter and the involved officers have been reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of a full and thorough investigation."
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"While Chief Robert Regalbuto finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgment until having the final results of the investigation. Anyone that may have been present during this altercation and has supporting video that could assist us with this investigation is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Lieutenant Kenneth Gallagher at 609-522-0222. The Cape May County Prosecutors Office, Professional Standards Unit will also be assisting in this investigation."
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