NJ Mother Beaten By Police Speaks Out ‘He Smashed My Head Into The Ground’
“I’m not a bad person. I’m not this person that they’re out here trying to make me seem like,” Weinman said on a segment during Good Morning America this morning.
20-year-old Emily Weinman has been at the center of online debate ever since she was punched by Wildwood, New Jersey police officers for seemingly not being compliant with the officers’ request. Weinman was seen with a closed bottle of alcohol on the beach, which prompted a number of officers to accost her over the situation. Weinman was reluctant to give the officers any information beyond a breathalyzer, which she allegedly passed. The situation resulted in Weinman walking away, requesting the officers leave her alone. One of the officers can be overheard saying, “you’re gonna get dropped.” The video shows Weinman press her hands outward, something officers claim was her hitting them and spitting on them.
Weinman, who is on probation, refused to give officers her name.
“It just escalated to that point to where they wanted to lock me up because I wouldn’t give them my name because I did everything they said to do,” Weinman said.
Weinman has been charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault, and assault on a police officer. The New Jersey DA has said that no charges will be filed against the officers.
If Weinman passed the breathalyzer, why did officers continue to harass her? They could have removed the sealed bottle of alcohol and avoided escalation at every level. Additionally, was there a need to punch her in the head? The small woman was in a swimsuit, unlikely to have been carrying a weapon. Are officers not trained to subdue people without punching? I’d say that punching is actually counterintuitive to the task of arresting a person and more a result of an enraged cop.
New Jersey continues to go down draconian “do as I command or suffer the consequences” roads. This incident appears more like a scene from a beach in Iran, not in America.
Weinman describes what it was like being punched in the head by the officer during the interview.
“When he smashed my head into the ground, I got sand in my mouth. So when they got me on my stomach, after I was struggling trying to defend myself, I spit the sand out of my mouth which made it look like I was spitting at the officer. That wasn’t the case. It definitely wasn’t my intention at all,” Weinman said.
There are simply too many laws in this country which force too many interactions between police and citizens. Was Weinman acting in a way that she appeared to present a danger to other beachgoers? It doesn’t sound like the case, therefore, why were police even speaking to her in the first place? I understand that alcohol possession is illegal for a 20-year-old, but I’m not sure there is any reason for such a trivial event to turn into a brutal circus. This is simply New Jersey enforcing a moral code on its citizens.
You can see the full interview here.
“One situation doesn’t define a person… I’m not this person that they’re out here trying to make me seem like.”
Mom punched in the head during violent beach arrest speaks out: pic.twitter.com/M0pCfJjWs5
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 6, 2018
Author: Jim Satney
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