Family sues over police officer abusive arrest of unarmed woman

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

The family of the woman that was knocked down and punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol trooper – and whose whole ordeal was caught on camera – is asking for justice.

The woman, a great-grandmother, had been walking barefoot on eastbound Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles before the officer tackled and started to pummel her. David Diaz, a passing motorist, captured the beating on his cell phone. The video shows the officer striking the woman at least 11 times.

“The most animalistic, most brutal way to subdue someone is to pound someone’s head into the concrete with really big blows to the head. There [were] no weapons – it’s obviously excess force,” Diaz said to reporters. “He starts really letting loose … he starts pounding down on her face really hard. He doesn’t try to grab her hands first.”

Throughout the video, the woman is seen trying to protect herself, and at no time does she try to attack or resist the officer.

The woman’s family has now hired the services of attorney Caree Harper to represent them as they bring a case against the California Highway Patrol. She says that the family wants the authorities to answer for “beating a great-grandmother in broad daylight.”

Harper declined to name the victim and what she was doing walking down one of L.A.’s busiest freeways.

“We want the focus to be what he was doing to her, not what she was doing prior to the confrontation. She was getting beat like an animal. No one should ever be beat like that,” she said.

The California Highway Patrol released a statement that said, “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.”

The CHP also said that the woman had refused to give her name and was simply identified as “Jane Doe.” Reports said that the woman has been to hospital for physical and mental evaluations.

Watch a police expert describe the incident in the video below:

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7 Responses to Family sues over police officer abusive arrest of unarmed woman

  1. Kimberly Solomon July 9, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Are we really all that surprised that this officer felt he was so above the law, that he was judge, jury, & executioner, & that this African American womens’ life was of no “REAL” value? Come on people; how many more times, from state to state, in our supposed “Free COUNTRY” & “JUSTICE FOR ALL”, will we as a people, citizens, stand for this excessive, unlawful behavior by those who have taken an oath to: PROTECT & SERVE “ALL”? As Ken said in your video, nepotism is ramped within these agencies, such as police officers, judges, city officials, for sure. Everybody knows everybody else secrets & dirt. If they do what they have sworn to, and uphold the laws, it’s career suicide, let alone being ostracized for going against their co-workers; brothers; and higher authority figures! So these people turn a blind eye, and stick together , & keep it moving! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!! READ YOUR BIBLE PEOPLE!! THIS IS ALL IN THERE!! THIS IS NO JOKE!! ALL OF US ARE HUMAN BEINGS, & WE ALL BELONG TO THE SAME RACE; THE HUMAN RACE!!! PEOPLE, PLEASE WAKE UP!!

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    • Regina July 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

      P*ss on that buybull. That is the problem with our people. We are so h-e-l-l bent on praising and pray to jesus and on our knees asking jesus to solve this problem and when “JESUS” does not come through, we bytch.

      It is time to fight for our rights and stop relying on “BUBBLES” aka Jesus to solve our problems.

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  2. TheRam28 July 9, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Dr. Watkins, Mr. Williams did not answer your question about black Police Officers abusing they own. One thing you will rarely see a black officer abuse a white suspect to the degree that he or she will abuse a black one. I believe that minority officers in the community can be one of the most dangerous people in our communities. I once attended a lecture by the late Dr. Theodore Taber, lovely man who always went straight to the point. He described a police officer as a man who started out in high school successful, but slowly failed to live up to his expectations. His self-esteem eroded, and his ego got to big, then he joined the police department and took out his frustrated on the innocent as well as the people who were committing crimes ( this is paraphrased). Dr.

    Omar Johnson described it best, put a black person in a governmental position, and they will immediately think they are better, and that Massa has given them some power. In the case of black police officers,male and especially female the level,of disrespect toward black males can be frightening. This is the ULTIMATE in self-hatred. I not talking about everyone, because I’ve see acts of kindness from black and white officers, but not enough.

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  3. H. LaVerne Hardin July 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This officer must be charged criminally, lose his job, be placed in prison, general population- stripped of any pension. and treated like an ex-felon when he is released from prison. The family should receive restitution and the court should order that the restitution should be used for the care – physical and mental, housing, future medical, etc for the “Great Grandmother” The victim should receive all funds.

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  4. GW July 10, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Beautifully spoken, H LaVerne Hardin….. I would like to add one other thing…..put him in the black population of the prison.

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  5. Anastasia July 11, 2014 at 2:53 am

    After the beating, he should have puked on her.

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  6. marcus davis July 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    @Anastasia

    Somebody should puke on you ,you waste of space but then again it might be a waste of good puke.

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