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Cop Caught on Video Viciously Hitting Woman in the Face, Says He Was Protecting Her

California Highway Patrol is investigating an officer caught on a cell phone recording assaulting a woman on the side of a highway.

On Tuesday, the cop was recorded punching the woman in the face as while she was on the ground.

The officer reportedly said that she was wandering on the highway and he intended only to protect her from getting hurt.

David Diaz, who recorded the video when he spotted the assault driving by, told NBC4, “She took a left, and the cop, the CHP ran after her, grabbed her to try to subdue her, and then she you know, kind of tried to shove it off…Was she intoxicated? Was she mentally ill? Possibly.”

CHP has released a statement, saying they are “aware of the video and we are looking into the incident.”

“No one condones…when he gets on top of a woman, and this is a big officer, and he punches her repeatedly. I think he punched her in the head 15 times. These are like, grown men, on top of you punching you to a point where she could’ve died out there,” Diaz said.

“As a matter of policy, every time there is a use of force by our officers, there is a review conducted to determine whether the use of force was appropriate,” CHP said in a statement. “That will be done in this case, however, since there is an ongoing investigation, it would be premature to comment on this specific video segment without reviewing the entire incident.”

Witness Daina Tate told NBC4, “She was screaming. Two men were on her. They had her arms up. She couldn’t defend herself. She looked totally helpless and terrified. It was shocking, and you can’t really call the cops on the cops.”

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