Warning: Contains strong language
This California Highway Patrol officer should probably see a therapist. He is seen repeatedly punching a woman on the ground; and according to the CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn, he was trying to restrain her.
The woman was walking on Interstate 10; O’Quinn said she was endangering herself and people in traffic.
The CHP provided KABC-TV with a written statement, saying the officer ordered the woman to stop, but she ignored him. Then, fearing she would be hurt, the CHP says the officer tried placing her under arrest.
“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’s statement said.
The officer is on administrative leave while the patrol investigates the situation. He has not been identified.
O’Quinn said he could not say what sparked the officer to do what he did. But he said that California Highway Patrol officers have a heightened sense of the dangers of being on the freeway compared with a citizen “who is not accustomed to the speed and conditions,” especially outside of a car.
Yeah, right! Because the video shows the vehicles moving at what? Maybe 10-15 mph?
This is another instance in which police officers are overstepping their authority and acting on impulse and rage. They use the “stop resisting” mantra while they continue to brutally abuse citizens.
Perhaps the CHP should release the officer’s information, you know, for his safety.
What do you think? Was this instance am appropriate time for force?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom