*Spectators with cellphones in hand recorded a California Highway Patrol officer punching a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway on Tuesday.
A YouTube video shows the cop pursuing the woman on foot past a I-10 on-ramp. The people video recording the incident can be heard laughing at first.
But they stop laughing when the cop grabs the woman, who is either pulled down or falls to the ground, and begins to repeatedly punch her.
CHP claims the officer asked the woman to stop. She refused and continued to walk away from him.
“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 said in a statement given to KABC.
The woman has not given her name; so she is only identified as “Jane Doe.” KABC says she has been taken to a hospital for physical and mental evaluation.