Video of woman repeatedly punched by New Jersey cop during underage drinking arrest is ‘alarming’: Police chief

first_imgJohn Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey police officer was recorded repeatedly punching a Philadelphia woman as they wrestled on the ground at a New Jersey beach over the Memorial Day weekend.Video of the confrontation, which took place in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Saturday around 4 p.m., has been viewed almost 40,000 times on Twitter.The footage shows multiple Wildwood Police Department officers working in concert to subdue a woman they identified as Emily Weinman, a 20-year-old from Philadelphia, who is seen flailing her arms and legs in a one-piece black swimsuit.The cops manage to wrestle Weinman to the sand and one is seen throwing three punches with his right fist downward to her head, while another pins her bare legs.Numerous beachgoers circling the melee can be heard repeatedly warning Weinman, “Stop resisting.”Weinman faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at/on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and possession of alcohol by a minor.Alexis Hewitt was sleeping on a towel next to Weinman when she heard the commotion and woke up. She confirmed to ABC News that she shot video of the altercation.“I was sleeping on the beach and I woke up to this… i can’t believe it…,” she wrote on Twitter.After Hewitt’s video went viral the Wildwood Police Department put out a release that an internal investigation was opened and the officers involved in the arrest of Weinman “have been reassigned to administrative duty” pending its outcome.“Chief [Robert] Regalbuto stated that while he finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgment until having the final results of the investigation,” the statement said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Is mindfulness the answer to stress?

first_imgMental health has become a rising concern in higher education, prompting calls for action by students, faculty and administrators across the nation. Though solutions to this issue are few and far between, some USC students are discovering the need for more proactive solutions — some of which already exist on campus.“It’s great that they have counseling centers, but not every student feels comfortable seeking those out until it’s a dire time of need,” said Katherine Wilcoz, director of External Relations for Undergraduate Student Government. “What we need are more workshops for dealing with stress.”The significant dearth in proactive approaches to mental and physical health was echoed by Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, who said the steady rise in mental health challenges calls for more creative solutions.“Often times, this work feels reactive because we only know students are in crisis when they are actually in crisis and they are at the counseling center,” Soni said. “But we also started to think about what a proactive engagement with mental health looks like as well that we can think of as a parallel to what we’re doing reactively, and we came to the idea of mindfulness as part of an overall proactive mental health strategy.”The concept of mindfulness was unveiled on campus in the fall of 2014 in the form of Mindful USC, a university-wide initiative aimed at promoting mental and physical health for students, faculty and staff in the university community. It is premised on three main components: being awake, open and kind. Soni explained that mindfulness seeks to encourage participants to be aware of themselves and their environment in a way that leads to reduced stress and increased attentiveness, quality of learning and overall creativity and innovation.“Really what we’re talking about with mindfulness is how to have a healthy relationship with your thoughts and your emotions,” Soni said.The secular nature of the program and the proven health benefits have helped minimize the stigmatization surrounding the practicality of mindfulness and meditation in enhancing mental and physical health. Of the 800 participants who took part in last year’s Mindful USC program, nine out of 10 reported that the practice has been helpful to their lives.“What we found was that we didn’t even need to prove the concept,” Soni said. “We just had to provide the resource.”In its inaugural year, Mindful USC offered 22 free, not-for-credit courses in mindfulness taught by certified instructors. Though the initiative is offering the same number of courses this year, Soni said that more can be done to meet the already overwhelming demand — and it starts with the University’s upcoming USC Village project.“If we’re going to try to hit every student and cultivate a culture of mindfulness, the best place to do that is through residential education because every first-year student will have the residential education experience moving forward,” Soni said.Though the USC Village isn’t set for completion until Fall 2017, Mindful USC has already begun a residential education pilot program in the Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College entitled, “Design Your Life.” The program focuses on three areas encompassing a broad liberal arts education: how to find meaning and purpose in one’s life and career; how to talk about difficult subjects such as race and privilege, as well as how to solve significant global challenges; and how one thinks about emotional intelligence, self-care, wellness and mindfulness.Though Mindful USC is supported by a faculty-led steering committee in coordination with 12 partners including Student Affairs, Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government, the initiative also boasts a student arm, led by mindfulness practitioner Lillie Moffett.Moffett, a senior majoring in psychology and cognitive science, first began practicing mindfulness after attending a meditation on campus her freshman year. When the University created the initiative in the fall of her junior year, the Office of Religious Life asked her to spearhead the effort of introducing mindfulness to students. As the student leader of Mindful USC, Moffett said that though the concept is gaining popularity, it’s still largely misunderstood.“A lot of people think I meditate 45 minutes a day, but I don’t,” Moffett said. “I meditate multiple times a day for very little time. I do it a lot right before I’m about to sit down and do a huge chunk of homework because I’ve found that it really increases my focus.”To mindfulness leader Zach Manta, a junior majoring in environmental studies, the practice of mindfulness is about learning how to respond to one’s own natural emotions.“Mindfulness is not really about control — you can’t make yourself feel how you want to feel,” Manta said. “It’s more about riding the waves and being able to navigate your emotions, instead of just controlling them.”Despite having practiced mindfulness for several years, both Moffett and Manta said it took a long time to grasp the practice. Moffett, who serves as a residential adviser in Parkside Arts & Humanities and leads a mindfulness meditation group for residents, said this learning curve often serves as the greatest deterrent among students.“Results don’t come right away,” she said. “And [students] feel bad that they can’t focus.”Manta echoed this, arguing that ignoring the challenges of meditation does not address the reasons why it is challenging.“It is really difficult [to sit down with your own thoughts],” Manta said. “But at the end of the day, it’s worth doing because your thoughts are affecting you whether or not you’re paying attention to them.”Time isn’t a problem unique to meditation. Wilcox said added accessibility to other proactive resources will also require a significant time investment.“As a student myself, I’d rather spend my time doing homework than going to a wellness workshop,” Wilcox said.In addition to time, Manta also highlighted the importance of finding appropriate spaces for meditation — something he says the University lacks.“There’s no good, regularly available room open to students where you can just go and meditate and not be judged for doing this weird thing in the middle of an open space without being constantly surrounded by the sound of construction or other students’ conversations,” Manta said.Though meditation isn’t the only way to achieve mindfulness, Moffett says it is the best practice towards achieving it.“I see mindfulness as it helps me not react to situations, but to respond to situations,” Moffett said. “Through meditation, it trains me to be mindful in my everyday life.”last_img read more

Vincent Bonsignore: Greinke, Gonzalez, Jansen keep Dodgers alive

first_img“I’ve got a $10 bet on it,” he said. “So it’s important.”Whatever it takes, right? After spending most of his career in laid-back San Diego and putting up huge numbers far removed from the national radar, Adrian Gonzalez was finally hoisted onto the big stage and delivered a signature moment for everyone to witness.And when pushed to the limit, Kenley Jansen emphatically said enough is enough.Greinke redeemed himself. Gonzalez introduced himself.Jansen, well, he just lived to tell about it.As for the Dodgers, they resurrected themselves in a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship series Wednesday at sun-splashed Dodger Stadium to avoid elimination and extend their season at least one more game.They aren’t out of the woods yet, the Cardinals still holding a 3-2 lead as the best-of-7 series shifts back to St. Louis for the final leg.But with Cy Young Award Clayton Kershaw taking the hill in Game 6 on Friday, all of a sudden the possibility of pushing the Cardinals to a seventh game is very, very real.And we all know crazy things can happen in a deciding game.Oh, did we mention the Cardinals coughed up a 3-1 lead to the San Francisco Giants last year in the NLCS?It can’t happen again, can it?Why not?“We know what we have in the clubhouse,” Carl Crawford said. “We believe in ourselves. We trust one another.”They did on Wednesday, reporting back to work stubborn and unyielding after a chilling 4-2 setback in Game 4 the night before hurled them into this mess.But comforted by the confidence that Greinke and Kershaw were lined up to breathe new life into their fading World Series hopes, and comfortable in the role of underdog after yielding all pressure to the Cardinals, the Dodgers played free and easy and finally found the big hits and critical outs that previously eluded them.“To be honest with you, I just think guys weren’t ready to lose today,” Crawford said.And now they head back to St. Louis, where one of the best pitchers in baseball takes the mound for them in the biggest game of his career Friday.“Not one of the best,” Gonzalez corrected. “The best.”Kershaw will have a worldwide audience to prove just that.Thanks to Greinke, who shook off another odd inning in which he coughed up a two-run lead immediately after being handed it — he did the same thing in Game 1 — to go into lockdown mode and give the Dodgers ample time to reboot and rebuild a lead.Greinke’s déjà vu moment occurred in the top of the third inning, or right after he and Juan Uribe stroked RBI singles in the bottom of the second to stake him to a 2-0 lead.But just like in Game 1, his old nemesis, Carlos Beltran, drilled an RBI triple off the center-field fence followed by an RBI double by Matt Holliday and all of a sudden the score was tied 2-2.Greinke stood on the mound thinking, not this again.“Yeah,” he said. “I don’t know why that happened, but it was the same part of the lineup too, I think. Beltran, same thing.” His failure to hold the lead in Game 1 resulted in a 13-inning marathon ultimately won by the Cardinals, mostly the result of the Dodgers’ horrendous habit of abandoning runners in scoring position.But with losing not an option Wednesday, the Dodgers went right back to work.Gonzalez played the most prominent role, blasting a solo home run in the bottom of the third to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 — removing Greinke from the hook in the process — then drilling another home run in the eighth inning to push the lead to 6-2.Dodgers fans have come to expect such heroics from Gonzalez, but aside from his hometown San Diego Padre fans, who enjoyed him for five seasons, it’s a side of Gonzalez most of baseball is unfamiliar with.His short time in Boston yielded no playoff appearances and San Diego was not an adequate media market.So he went about his business efficiently but quietly, his hitting brilliance underappreciated on a mass level.That is changing with the high-profile Dodgers in the playoffs, and his two home runs were an emphatic statement of his skill set.More importantly, with the Dodgers down Matt Kemp and with Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier fighting compromising injuries, it’s a Gonzalez they’ve desperately needed.“It seems that he’s kind of stepped up here,” Dodger manager Don Mattingly said. “Maybe the fact that Hanley has not been able to do what he’s been doing in the past, and Adrian maybe feels that responsibility.”On Wednesday, he delivered with a home run to put them back in the lead and another that helped them survive Jansen’s uneven ninth.And yes, he punctuated both by flashing double-fisted Mickey Mouse ears gestures — much to the anger of the Cardinals, who don’t take kindly to the Dodgers’ glitzy celebrations this series.Nothing personal, according to Gonzalez. Just good, clean postseason fun.“You’re in the playoffs. You’ve got to have fun. If you’re not having fun in the playoffs, then you don’t deserve to be here,” Gonzalez said. “Just enjoying every moment of it.”The Dodgers hope to enjoy of few more of them this weekend.It’s off to St. Louis now, and what awaits them is anyone’s guess.All they know is they got there.And with Kershaw pitching Game 6 on Friday, the possibilities are endless. When given a second chance to be the ace he was paid to be, Zack Greinke didn’t disappoint.And now maybe the Dodgers will play long enough for Greinke’s fantasy football league team to climb out of the cellar.“I’ve got a bet that I won’t be in last place by the time the season’s over,” Greinke said. “So I needed (the season) to go to Sunday for that.”The next time you hear someone say it isn’t about the money, think about Greinke and his obsession with fantasy football.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more