LOS ANGELES (CNN) - A California Highway Patrolman was videotaped beating a woman on Tuesday.
The video from a freeway was shot by a driver stunned by what he was seeing unfold.
"You see it, you heard, it was like thump, thump, thump and then you see her head bouncing bam, bam on the concrete," David Diaz, an eyewitness, said. “I seen 11 on the video. He took more shots than that. I think it was about 15 shots to her head.”
He describes the shots as more than just punches. “This is not just jabs; there are hooks,” Diaz said. “Those are lights-out punches; those aren't like taps.”
The patrol report says the woman posed a danger to herself and other drivers because she was "walking within traffic lanes" at times, and when she was asked to stop, she continued "ignoring the officer's command" and ultimately she "becomes physically combative," it says.
“The tape only shows a small part of what transpired,” Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn of the California Highway Patrol said. “There are events that led up to this. Until all that's collected and put into perspective, we aren't going to be able to make a determination."
Diaz said he saw exactly what led up to it before he started recording.
"When you see the video, the first thing you hear is me laughing,” Diaz said. “The reason why is because before we got the video, starting they were playing like a ring around the red truck, so it's a grown man and a grown woman running around the truck, like a Benny Hill moment, right.”
He says she did eventually start walking towards the officer, and that is when the take down began.
“He grabs her,” Diaz said. “She does resistance in terms of like natural reactions. And then he then grabs her and throws her to the floor and then gets on top of her which then you would think, OK, he's just going to wrap her up, call it a day. OK, it's just another day in Los Angeles, but no this wasn't the case."
The CHP says the woman, who carried no ID, was taken to hospital for a physical and mental evaluation.
The report indicated that the individual was not injured and that the officer didn't notice any injuries on the individual.
Diaz has a hard time believing that.
“She didn't put up any restraint. She did what anyone else would do when they are getting pounded … and now they are saying she's resisting. Oh, it's an excuse,” Diaz said. “We're giving too many excuses. There is no more rationalizing this. We need to stop this; that is why I put this video on, posted this video.”
“We're going to make a determination as to what transpired in this situation, and we will do the right thing,” O’Quinn said.
The officer involved has been put on administrative duty while the case is investigated.
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