An investigation was underway into the arrest of a woman in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles after video surfaced of a California Highway Patrol Officer striking her repeatedly before taking her into custody.
The arrest was made after the CHP received a call around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday of a pedestrian walking along the right shoulder of the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway at La Brea Avenue, according to a CHP statement.
An officer responded and located the pedestrian, a woman who was barefoot and 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.
"At this time the investigation is ongoing and all evidence and parties are being investigated and under review," according to the statement.
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 the plain clothes off-duty officer came on the scene.
--City News Service