A young Philadelphia mother who was beaten on the beach by New Jersey police after facing suspicions of minors filed a lawsuit against the city for $ 325,000.
Emily Weinman, 22, made headlines two years ago after her violent arrest was videotaped and shared on social media on Memorial Day and showed Wildwood Police Department staff hitting her in the face.
The incident began to unfold when officers approached then-20-year-old Weinman and asked if there were two unopened bottles of Twisted Tea containing alcohol.
Emily Weinman, 22, who was pictured facing police on Wildwood Beach in New Jersey in 2018, will receive $ 325,000 to settle a federal lawsuit against the city.
Weiman was subjected to two breathing tests after he was suspected of drinking minors
In the Bystander video, we saw Wildwood officers hit Weinman after he refused to disclose his last name. She screams and cries in the video
Police accused the woman of kicking and spitting them during the violent fight
The situation worsened when Weinman, who spent the day at the beach with his 18-month-old daughter and some friends, refused to disclose her last name after passing two breath tests.
Eyewitnesses recorded that officers grabbed Weinman to the ground and hit him while trying to hold him back.
In October 2019, Weinman filed a federal lawsuit against City of Wildwood and police officers Thomas Cannon, Robert Jordan and Kenneth Gallagher, accusing police officers of lying to the jury over the incident.
More than a year later, on November 19, 2020, Wildwood City attorney wrote to U.S. Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells of Pennsylvania and informed her that the city had paid $ 325,000 to Weinman to settle the lawsuit, as first reported by NJ.com. reported.
The settlement was the subject of a non-binding mediation on 4 November by the judge.
The Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund has signed the six-figure payment, as a result of which the case is dismissed against all defendants.
The attack took place in front of Weinman’s 18-month-old daughter. Police later released footage of the incident
Ernie Troiona Jr., former mayor of Wildwood, who was in office at the time of the incident, described the township as “a travesty and a rejection of justice”.
Troiona, who was loudly defending the police, insisted that the officers in question merely “do their job.”
He claimed the township was sending a message that members of the public could “treat police officers like trash” and then receive a payment.
Police body footage and an observational video of the incident in Wildwood Beach showed a quarrel between officers Weinman and officers Cannon and Jordan.
In the bodycam footage, Cannon says Weinman says, “That’s it, he’ll fall soon.”
Weinman shouts at the cop, “You can’t beat me like that!” I’m a woman! It should not be hit and strangled in this way. I did not do anything wrong.
Weinman eventually pleaded guilty to a common harassment for using profanity and was sentenced to one year on probation.
Weinman from Philadelphia filed a federal lawsuit in October 2019 against police and the town of Wildwood. It began broadcasting in early November 2020.
According to Weinman’s federal complaint, the officers arrested him by “forcefully pushing his face and head into the sand, pulling his hair, twisting his arms, placing their full body weight on him, strangling him, and finally slapping him in the face and head. closed fist area. ‘
Officers claimed the woman kicked and spat at them. While Weinman said he could be kicked after they were violent with him, he never intended to spit on them.
Weinman finally pleaded guilty in February 2019 to harassment for using obscene words and was sentenced to one year on probation.
The officers carrying out the arrest were cleared of the offense after being subjected to a non-criminal but internal investigation.