Motorist captures violent encounter between officer and woman on freeway

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A motorist used his cell phone to capture what appeared to be the violent arrest of a woman on the 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue on Tuesday.

The video, shot by David Diaz, showed the woman walking along the freeway when she was approached by an unidentified California Highway Patrol officer.

It was not clear if words were exchanged between the two, but at one point the officer walked up behind the woman and grabbed her, the video showed.

A struggle ensued, during which the officer appeared to knock the woman to the ground, straddled her body and began repeatedly punching her.

Diaz, who posted the video on YouTube, was disturbed by what he witnessed.

“He basically got on top of her … it’s basically a UFC ground-and-pound move … full force, punching her in the head … in the head,” Diaz said.

Another man soon ran up to the officer and appeared to be helping him restrain the woman, the video showed.

The video did not capture the circumstances that led up to the incident.

Still, Diaz believed it was clearly a case of excessive force.

“There is no way you can justify that,” he said.

Late Thursday, CHP spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Joslin issued the following statement:

“The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is aware of the video and we are looking into the incident. As a matter of policy, every time there is a use of force by our officers, there is a review conducted to determine whether the use of force was appropriate.” Joslin said.

“That will be done in this case, however, since there is an ongoing investigation, it would be premature to comment on this specific video segment without reviewing the entire incident,” she said.

 

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7 comments

  • Cops_think_they_are_above_the_law

    No way that’ justifiable, It’s never justifiable to beat a woman, Men re way stronger and can subdue a woman if necessary, He is a woman beater that used excessive force, Plain and simple

  • Cops_think_they_are_above_the_law

    Myfuxster? who are you to judge? you re something the world could do without, Have a up of cyanide for breakfast, do the world a favor

  • j

    What crimes did she commit? Walking on the side of the freeway? Geez, how violent and terrible , that sure is worth a beat down. She should be locked up for life…O_o

  • wendy

    So they don’t want anyone to comment on this video, why? The female was flat on the ground not fighting back and he slamming man punches into her.

  • Tesha

    That was just wrong to beat up a women. She was doing nothing he need to get fired for whaling on a female.

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