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Driver captures violent encounter between officer and woman on freeway (VIDEO)

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Video shot by David Diaz showed the CHP officer knock the woman to the ground, straddle her body and repeatedly punch her. (via KTLA)

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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    • free

      She didn't puch and kick him. The officer attacked and beat her (probably because he was irritated at having to walk into traffic to get a crazy woman)

  • free

    Police officers have been doing that to black women (and even girls for decades). It seems like its gotten worse since officers started getting into trouble for hitting black MALES (even when they deserved it or needed restraint).
    The police and public are attacking black females as a way to vent. Its out of anger- not for the purpose of law enforcement or restraining.
    When tons of Americans applauded a HUGE white cop for punching a black girl who mouthed off to him (after he stopped her friend for jaywalking)- the dye was cast. If everyone who mouthed off or walked away when cops ordered them to stay- was punched, alot of white women (especially middle class or young and "cute") would be in the hospital.