Caught on camera: California Highway Patrolman accused of using excessive force

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(CNN) — A California Highway Patrolman has been videotaped beating a woman.

Video from a California freeway — shot by a driver stunned by what he was seeing unfold is going viral.

The video shows a woman being punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrolman.

“You see it, you heard, it was like thump, thump, thump and then you see her head bouncing bam, bam on the concrete. I seen 11 on the video. He took more shots than that. I think it was about 15 shots to her head. Those are lights out punches. Those aren’t like, taps,” David Diaz, who shot the video said.

WARNING: This video is graphic — and may be disturbing to some. 

The Highway Patrol report says the woman posed a danger to herself and other drivers because she was “walking within traffic lanes” at times.

When she was asked to stop, she continued “ignoring the officer’s command” and ultimately she “becomes physically combative,” it says.

“The tape only shows a small part of what transpired. There are events that led up to this. Until all that’s collected and put into perspective, we aren’t going to be able to make a determination,” California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn said.

The eyewitness, who goes by the name David Diaz, says he saw exactly what led up to it before he started recording.

“When you see the video, the first thing you hear is me laughing. The reason why is because before we got the video started they were playing like a ring around the red truck so it’s a grown man and a grown woman running around the truck. Like a Benny Hill moment, right? She’s avoiding him — he’s trying to get in — it’s kind of like clumsy — it’s almost like when we laugh when someone runs onto the field in a baseball game,” Diaz said.

He says the woman eventually started walking towards the officer — and that’s when the take down began.

“He grabs her. She does resist in terms of like natural reactions, and then he grabs her and throws her to the floor and then gets on top of her — which then you would think okay he’s just gonna wrap her up, call it a day. Okay, it’s just another day in Los Angeles, but no this wasn’t the case,” Diaz said.

The CHP says the woman, who carried no identification, was taken to the hospital for a physical and mental evaluation.

“The report indicated that the individual was not injured and that the officer didn’t notice any injuries on the individual,” O’Quinn said.

Diaz says he has a hard time believing that after seeing and hearing this.

“She didn’t put up any restraint. She did what anyone else would do when they are getting pounded — to go like this, to go like this, and now they are saying she’s resisting? Oh it’s an excuse. We’re giving too many excuses. There is no more rationalizing this. We need to stop this. That is why I put this video on — I posted this video,” Diaz said.

“We’re going to make a determination as to what transpired in this situation and we will do the right thing,” O’Quinn said.

The officer involved has been put on administrative duty while the case is investigated.

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