A California Highway Patrol officer was caught on camera repeatedly punching a woman in the face on the side of I-10 in Los Angeles.
David Diaz caught the incident on camera, and although it is not clear what exactly sparked the altercation, Diaz believes it is a clear use of excessive force. The clip shows the officer chasing a woman along the side of the road on foot before grabbing her, throwing her to the ground, and repeatedly punching her in the face.
"There was no weapons, it's obviously excess force at this point," said Diaz. "He could have easily calmed her down. You can use strength without punching."
At the end of the video, a man who CHP confirmed was an off-duty police officer runs over to help the cop detain the woman. Since the video was posted online, CHP has released a statement claiming that the woman ignored the officer’s demand that she stop, and when she fled, the officer feared that she would get hurt and tried to arrest her.
"A physical altercation ensued as the pedestrian continued to resist arrest, at which point a plain clothes, off duty officer assisted in applying the handcuffs," said the CHP’s statement.
The woman reportedly refused to give police her name and is therefore known only as “Jane Doe.” Following the altercation, police say she was taken to the hospital for both a physical and a mental evaluation.
Sources: Huffington Post, ABC 7