A woman was beaten on a Los Angeles freeway by a California Highway Patrol officer. According to the California Highway Patrol, they will conduct a thorough investigation. The officer had the woman pinned to the ground in the median as he repeatedly punched her.
CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quin revealed at a news conference that the woman was walking along Interstate 10 west in downtown Los Angeles and was a danger to herself and people in traffic. O’Quin went on to say that the officer was trying to restrain her.
O’Quin added that the woman started walking away from the freeway but had returned when the confrontation with the officer occurred. In a video captured by a passing motorist, the woman is seen struggling and trying to sit up as the officer is punching her in the face and head. The confrontation ends when an off-duty law enforcement officer arrives on scene and assists in hand-cuffing the woman.
The passing motorist, David Diaz captured the situation on his cell phone and gave it to numerous media outlets including the Associated Press. While speaking to the AP in a phone interview, Diaz said after the officer shouted something to the woman, she turned around and headed back towards him.
Diaz stated, “He agitated the situation more than helped it.” The woman’s family is demanding the authorities be held accountable for “beating a great-grandmother in broad daylight.” Los Angeles attorney Caree Harper is representing the woman’s family and declined to release the woman’s name or answer any questions about her.
Harper said, “We want the focus to be what he was doing to her, not what she was doing. She was getting beat like an animal. No one should ever be beat like that.”
Law enforcement authorities stated that the woman is undergoing psychiatric evaluations. The officer who has not yet been identified has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is taking place.
Lita Herron of the Youth Advocacy Coalition said, “Speaking for the women of this community, we are angry, we are upset.”
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