Video: Motorist films officer punching woman on Calif. highway

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A California motorist captured a police officer punching a woman repeatedly on a highway. (Photo: Youtube)

A California motorist captured a police officer punching a woman repeatedly on a highway. (Photo: Youtube)

LOS ANGELES (PIX11) — A California motorist captured a video Tuesday of what looks like a violent arrest of a woman on the 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue.

Shot by David Diaz, the video shows an unidentified California Highway Patrol officer approaching a woman walking along the freeway.

It’s unclear if words were exchanged, but the video shows the officer walking up behind the woman and grabbing her. As the struggle ensued, the officer appeared to knock the woman to the ground, straddle her and begin punching her repeatedly.

Another man who ran up to the officer appeared to help him restrain the woman.

CPH spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Joslin issued the following statement Thursday:

“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.”

Warning: the video contains graphic content.