Lawyer: Woman punched by officer on beach never spit at them

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A Philadelphia woman seen on video being punched in the head by a police officer on a Wildwood beach says she didn't spit at the officers before the altercation.

An attorney for 20-year-old Emily Weinman tells Philly.com that the charges against her are exaggerated. Weinman says she was spitting sand out of her mouth after being knocked to the ground.

Wildwood police charged Weinman with aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at an officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and being in possession of alcohol as a minor.

The video filmed by another beachgoer Saturday shows two officers trying to subdue Weinman and one officer hitting her in the head. 

The police chief says that while he does find the video to be “alarming,” he does not want to rush judgment until an investigation is complete. The officers have been reassigned to administrative duty pending the results of that investigation.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano says the body camera footage will show the woman spitting at the officers and kicking one in the groin.

Wildwood police are also asking for the public to turn in any other videos of the incident for the investigation.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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