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CHP to Hold Meeting about Video of Cop Hitting Woman

 


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A group of civil rights activists has been promised  a meeting with the superintendent of the California Highway Patrol regarding  the video recorded actions of a CHP officer, seen violently striking a tackled  woman.

The informal coalition has called for an independent investigation of  last Tuesday evening's violence at the southeast corner of the interchange of  the Santa Monica (10) Freeway at La Brea Avenue.

The religious and social leaders include Earl  Ofari Hutchinson, Najee  Ali and pastors William Smart and K.W. Tulloss. 

Hutchinson said the meeting will be at the West Los Angeles CHP office  in Culver City on Tuesday.

Other activists said they planned to meet with local CHP officials at  the Central Los Angeles station, near the Convention Center, at 11 a.m. Monday.

The activists are concerned about cellphone video shot by a motorists of  a white CHP officer repeatedly striking a woman as he straddled her, after  the pair fell to the freeway shoulder.

A CHP statement said the officer was concerned for the woman's safety  because the barefoot woman had been making her way along a narrow shoulder, at  times walking into traffic lanes, according to the CHP.

Concerned for the woman's safety, the officer ordered her to stop, but  she did not respond, CHP officials said.

The officer then got out of his vehicle and stood in front of the woman,  but she ignored his commands and continued walking, heading westbound against  the flow of traffic and at times into traffic lanes, according to the CHP.

The woman allegedly became physically combative, prompting the officer  to place her under arrest, CHP officials 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 to the pedestrian,'' according to the CHP statement. ``When asked if  she sustained any injuries, the pedestrian did not advise of any nor were any  located by the officers at the scene.''

The woman was then taken to County-USC Medical Center for further  evaluation, the CHP reported. her family has said she was being treated but was  not seriously injured.

A passing motorist recorded the arrest and provided the video to news  outlets. It shows the woman on her back attempting to ward off several blows  from the CHP officer kneeling over her, before a off-duty officer in civilian  clothes ran up and the violence ended.

 

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