*New information has revealed that the family of the woman being punched in the head repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer is pushing for said officer to be held accountable for his actions.
The beat down of the woman, whose name has still not been released, was videotaped by David Dias, a passing motorist who has since been doing interviews for the media to provide first-hand details on what the footage does not show. While the CHP has vowed to carry out “a thorough investigation,” the woman’s family and local civil rights agencies, are not sitting around waiting for that to happen.
According to L.A. attorney Caree Harpern, the woman’s family insists the authorities be held accountable for “beating a great-grandmother in broad daylight.” The attorney declined disclosure of the woman’s name and did not go into reasons as to what the woman was doing along the edge of one of the city’s busiest freeways.
The authorities say the woman is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
“We want the focus to be what he was doing to her, not what she was doing” prior to the confrontation, said Harper, who said she is representing the family. “She was getting beat like an animal. No one should ever be beat like that.”
Diaz provided the recording to media outlets and told the AP in a phone interview Friday that he arrived as the woman was walking off the freeway. He said she turned around only after the officer shouted something to her.
“He agitated the situation more than helped it,” said Diaz, who started filming soon after.
The video caught the attention of local civil rights leaders, who expressed shock and outrage at their own news conference.
“Speaking for the women of this community, we are angry, we are upset,” said Lita Herron of the Youth Advocacy Coalition.
O’Quinn said the CHP would answer community concerns and that an investigative team already has been assembled and has begun its work.
“We are known as an agency that really polices itself,” O’Quinn said.
Community activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson, speaking at the local leaders’ news conference, agreed.
“Over the years, CHP has had a very good track record in terms of community relations,” Hutchinson said. “That’s why this was so shocking.”
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