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VIDEO: Passer-by films woman savagely beaten by policeman

California police department vows to thoroughly investigate last week's incident
Posted: 07/07/2014 03:21 PM
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THE CALIFORNIA highway patrol has vowed to carry out a thorough investigation after a video emerged showing one of its officers repeatedly punching a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

It is believed the unnamed woman had been walking along the busy intersection when the officer shouted for her to stop believing she could endanger herself and others. When she continued, the officer tried to restrain her, CHP Assistant Chief Chris O'Quinn said at a news conference.

The video shows the woman struggling and trying to sit up while the officer punches her in the face and head until an off-duty law enforcement officer appears and helps him handcuff her.

Passing Driver David Diaz recorded the incident, which happened last Tuesday (July 1). He told the Associated Press the officer "agitated the situation more than helped it."

Los Angeles attorney Caree Harper said the woman's family wants authorities held accountable for "beating a great-grandmother in broad daylight." She declined to disclose the woman's name or answer questions about what the woman was doing along the edge of one of the city's busiest freeways.

She is undergoing psychiatric evaluation, authorities said.

"We want the focus to be what he was doing to her, not what she was doing" prior to the confrontation, said Harper, who said she is representing the family. "She was getting beat like an animal. No one should ever be beat like that."

The officer is on administrative leave while the patrol investigates. He has not been identified.

O'Quinn said the incident report listed no injuries for the woman, who would not give her name.