A pedestrian passing by pulled out his camera to record an encounter between a barefoot woman described as harmless being subdued and pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the incident, which occurred on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The California Highway Patrol responded Thursday to a YouTube video showing an officer punching a woman along the side of the freeway.
The CHP officer is shown punching the woman on the ground more than 11 times in the face.
She doesn’t appear in the video clip to resist.
On Thursday, the CHP issued a statement that said: “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. 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.”
he man who shot the footage, David Diaz, a self-described music producer, spoke with NBC4 about what he saw.
“She took a left, and the cop, the CHP ran after her, grabbed her to try to subdue her, and then she you know, kind of tried to shove it off…Was she intoxicated? Was she mentally ill? Possibly,” Diaz said.