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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