Another day, another instance of police brutality in America.
KNBC-TV reported Thursday that an unidentified California Highway Patrol officer is under investigation after being caught on camera pounding a woman who didn’t seem to pose a threat to him. The officer struck the woman with blows to the head about a dozen times over the course of the video.
The incident was recorded on camera by Los Angeles motorist David Diaz, as he was driving on Interstate 10. The 90-second clip begins with the officer catching the woman on foot. She appears to walk away from him, and as she does, the officer takes her to the ground.
Once on the ground, the officer begins raining blows on her, punching her in the head multiple times. The recording shows the woman covering her face and head and not fighting back.
Diaz told the local NBC Affiliate that “he basically got on top of her, and it’s basically a UFC ground-and-pound move. It’s basically full force, punching her in the head.”
After the Officer finishes, a second man enters the frame and helps the officer restrain the stunned woman; according to KNBC, the second man was a plainclothes officer.
Another witness, Daina Tate, told KNBC that “she was screaming. Two men were on her. They had her arms up. She couldn’t defend herself. She looked totally helpless and terrified. It was shocking, and you can’t really call the cops on the cops.”
A third witness at the scene told KNBC that the unidentified woman wasn’t wearing any shoes and was carrying “lots of bags.” The CHP didn’t explain the circumstances leading up to the encounter, but released a statement saying that it was under investigation.
The statement reads in part that:
“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. 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.”
You can watch KNBC’s Thursday report below: