The beachgoer who was pummeled by a cop at the Jersey shore “refused to comply” with police – who were just “doing their job,” according to the city’s mayor.
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. came to the two officers’ defense following a viral video that showed one of them slugging 20-year-old Emily Weinman twice in the head Saturday afternoon.
“She refused to comply. Unfortunately this is what happened,” Troiano told NJ.com Monday night. “The police were doing their job.”
The mayor said the beach brawl was the result of a crackdown on underage drinking, which the vacation hotspot has been battling for years.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, Weinman, of Philadelphia, admitted to having unopened containers of alcohol in her bag before the scuffle.
“People come down here to have a good time and we want them to have a good time, but we also want them to obey the laws,” Troiano said. “That is not a hard thing to do. Just obey the laws. It is amazing the amount of people that just believe they can drink. It is amazing the amount of kids who come down here and just feel like the law doesn’t pertain to them.”
“We are taking an aggressive stance to end it,” the mayor added.
The two officers – known as “class II,” or special part-time cops used during the summer months — were taken off the street and reassigned to desk duty pending an investigation by the Wildwood Police Department.
Troiano said the pair was wearing body cams at the time and that the police department would issue its findings soon. He could not confirm whether body cam footage would also be released.
“If our officers are wrong, they’re wrong and they’ll be handled as such,” the mayor said. “But when push comes to shove, I think our police officers did what they had to do.”
Weinman claimed she passed a Breathalyzer test and was walking away when the cops followed her – after she asked them “don’t they have something better to do,” she said on Facebook.
That prompted one of the cops to say, “I was going to let you go but now I’ll write you up.”
Weinman refused to give her name and was “cautiously” backing away when she said she “tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand.”
In the video, one of the cops can be heard yelling, “Stop resisting!”
She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and minor in possession of alcohol.
In 2016, Weinman was busted on charges of burglary, simple assault, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and reckless endangerment, NJ.com reported, citing court records. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment and received four years probation.
Troiano said the beach blanket beatdown casts a shadow over family-friendly Wildwood.
“We are a good town that treats people well, provided they act accordingly, that they act like adults and don’t act foolishly,” he said.
Multiple attempts by NJ.com to reach Weinman were unsuccessful.
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