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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Cop Beats Up Homeless Woman in Los Angeles

     In Los Angeles on July 1, 2014, a video shot from a car showed California Highway Patrol officer chasing a woman on foot through traffic. In the video, the officer catches up to the woman, spins her around and takes her to the ground. The pair struggled, but the officer ends up on top. From that position he repeatedly punched the woman in the head.

     "He's beating her up," said the man filming the incident. "Oh my gosh, why?" a woman asks. As the officer punched the woman, another man rushed to the help the officer subdue the woman. The CHP officer then handcuffed her…

   Another witness told a TV reporter that the woman "did not look well, mentally." According to this witness, as the officer punched her, "she looked terrified. She just looked gone." The witness said the woman was not wearing shoes and carried several bags indicating that she was homeless.

     A CHP spokesperson said the agency was aware of the video and was investigating the incident…

Chuck Ross, "California Highway Patrol Beats Barefoot Bag Lady," The Daily Caller, July 4, 2014

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