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KHQ.COM - Police released body camera video footage showing the violent arrest of a Philadelphia woman accused of underage drinking in Wildwood, New Jersey, over the Memorial Day weekend.

Police arrested 20-year-old Emily Weinman, Saturday and charged her with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and minor in possession of alcohol.

A video of the arrest posted on social media shows three officers holding Weinman down on the sand. One officer punches her on the back of the head as they restrain her.

The Wildwood commissioner of public safety says Weinman assaulted one of the officers first by kicking him in the groin and then running away, which the video does not show.

In the first body camera video released Wednesday, an officer approaches Weinman and a friend and confronts them about underage drinking. The officer asks both women to take a breathalyzer.

But Weinman argues that she did not drink and the alcohol belongs to her aunt.

The officer asks Weinman about her aunt's whereabouts, and then is heard telling the other officer that he is going to have the women pour the alcohol out.

That's when the video cuts off.

The second video begins with Weinman telling the officer it's not illegal to carry a closed container of alcohol. She argues that the alcohol isn't opened, but one of the officers tell her that because the bottle is visible, she can be charged for an "open display."

When Weinman refuses to give the officer her last name, the situation escalates.

As the officer approaches her, Weinman puts her hands up and appears to touch the camera... and then the video turns off.

Police say Weinman forcibly struck the officer in the torso where the body camera was mounted and caused the camera to turn off.

The third video begins with the officer grabbing Weinman's hair and forcing her to the ground as she screams, struggles, curses and tells him repeatedly to get off of her.

At one point a fist is seen hitting Weinman three times.

As an officer places handcuffs on Weinman, she can be seen in the video spitting at him.

Weinman's attorney says after seeing the new body camera footage, his view hasn't changed.

He says it's an overreaction to the situation and an excessive use of force."

Wildwood's mayor says the incident was not a reflection of the Jersey Shore town.

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