A young Philadelphia mother who was punched by New Jersey police officers on a beach after being confronted about suspected underage drinking has settled her lawsuit with the city for $325,000.
Emily Weinman, 22, made national headlines two years ago after her violent Memorial Day arrest was captured on video and shared on social media, showing her being hit in the face by officers with the Wildwood Police Department.
The incident began unfolding when the officers approached Weinman, then aged 20, and questioned her about the presence of two unopened bottles of Twisted Tea, which contains alcohol.
Emily Weinman, 22, pictured being confronted by police on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey, in 2018, will receive $325,000 to settle her federal lawsuit against the city
Weiman was subjected to two Breathalyzer tests after being suspected of underage drinking
Bystander video showed Wildwood officers punching Weinman after she refused to state her last name. She is heard screaming and crying on the video
Cops accused the woman of kicking and spitting at them during the violent struggle
The situation escalated when Weinman, who was spending the day on the beach with her 18-month-old daughter and some friends, refused to state her last name after passing two Breathalyzer tests.
Witnesses recorded the officers tackling Weinman to the ground and punching her as they struggled to restrain her.
In October of 2019, Weinman filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Wildwood and police officers Thomas Cannon, Robert Jordan and Lt Kenneth Gallagher, accusing the cops of lying to the grand jury about the incident.
More than a year later, on November 19, 2020, Wildwood city’s attorney wrote to US Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells in Pennsylvania, notifying her the city had agreed to pay Weinman $325,000 to settle her lawsuit, as NJ.com first reported.
The settlement was the subject of a November 4 nonbinding mediation before the judge.
The Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund has signed off on the six-figure payment, which will result in the case being dismissed against all defendants.
The assault took place in front of Weinman’s 18-month-old daughter. Police later released bodycam footage of the incident (pictured)
Former Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiona Jr, who was in office at the time of the incident, slammed the settlement as a ‘travesty and a miscarriage of justice.’
Troiona, who has been vocal in his defense of the police, insisted that the officers in question were merely ‘doing their job.’
He argued that the settlement sends a message that members of the public can ‘treat the cops like they’re trash’ and then get a payout.
Police body camera footage and bystander video from the incident on Wildwood Beach showed the scuffle between Weinman and officers Cannon and Jordan.
On the bodycam footage, Cannon is heard telling Weinman, ‘That’s it, you’re about to get dropped.’
Weinman yells at the cop: ‘You’re not allowed to beat me like that! I’m a woman! You’re not allowed to hit me like that and choke me like that. I didn’t do anything wrong.’
Weinman ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct for using profanity and was sentenced to one year of probation
Weinman, from Philadelphia, filed a federal lawsuit against the cops and the city of Wildwood in October 2019. She entered mediation in early November 2020
According to Weinman’s federal complaint, the officers arrested her by ‘forcefully pushing her face and head into the sand, pulling her hair, twisting her arms, placing their full body weight on her, choking her, and eventually striking her in the face and head area with closed fists.’
The officers claimed the woman kicked and spit at them. While Weinman said she may have kicked after they started being forceful with her, she never intended to spit at them.
Weinman ultimately pleaded guilty in February 2019 to one count of disorderly conduct for using profanity and was sentenced to one year of probation.
The officers who carried out the arrest were cleared of wrongdoing after previously being under a non-criminal but internal investigation.