Woman punched by cop on N.J. beach speaks out

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The department says the delay in releasing the body camera footage was the result of the time it took to hide the identities of juveniles and other citizens in the video.

Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said he finds the video "alarming" but doesn't want to "rush to any judgment" until the investigation is complete. Weinman was apprehended after she refused to provide her last name to the officers.

"I had alcohol, it's Memorial Day weekend and 90 percent of people are underage drinking on the beach, without a doubt". All they asked for was an identification. Then, we see what looks like punches.

"Did she deserve to get hit?" She kicks at another, knocking aside a beach chair.

Ms Weinman can be seen walking away from the officers as they attempt to arrest her and while she appears to shove one cop, her alleged kicks can't be seen. "I didn't do anything wrong!"

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Officers are heard conversing with Weinman about the alcohol possession.

"Emily Weinman is charged by the police department with serious offenses that could result in exposure to a prison term of 5-10 years. I didn't disrespect you". The officer then says, "You're about to get dropped".

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In the video, Weinman walks away, yelling,"Don't f****** touch me". Then she turns around and spits toward the officers.

Dicht and Weinman told reporters this week she was spitting sand out of her mouth because her face was pressed to the ground. Police say releasing the video was imperative for transparency and wasn't done sooner because juveniles and bystanders had to be redacted. Attorney Stephen Dicht says the body cam video shows the officers went too far. "Get off me. What are you doing?"

Weinman yells that she can't breathe and that she's being choked while she continues to struggle.

However, she criticized their use of force and denied that she tried to run, instead she said she was backing up and tripped.

The officers involved have been reassigned to administrative duty.

It began with an officer having 20-year-old Emily Weinman, of Philadelphia, blowing into a breathalyzer a couple times after suspecting underage drinking. The video doesn't show what led to the confrontation.

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. had previously said the videos would likely "vindicate" the officers.

Weinman has a summons to appear in court on June 15.