Video Shows Officer Repeatedly Hitting Woman | NBC
The California Highway Patrol is investigating after cellphone video captured an officer repeatedly hitting a woman in the face as she lay flat on her back just off a Los Angeles freeway.
The video titled “Police Brutality?” was shot Tuesday evening from a vehicle entering the eastbound 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue and posted on YouTube the following day. It runs for 1 minute, 30 seconds and includes footage of the incident in real time and in slow-motion.
The 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.
"No one condones…when he gets on top of a woman, and this is a big officer, and he punches her repeatedly," Diaz said. "I think he punched her in the head 15 times."
The CHP said in a statement that it was “aware of the video and we are looking into the incident.” The agency issued an updated statement Friday morning.
Editors Note: Sadly, I am totally un-surprised the person being brutalized is a woman of color. This shit has got to stop.