KCAL9’s Randy Paige reports an arrest report shows the incident – captured on video by a motorist – occurred at the 10 on-ramp near La Brea July 1 at about 5:45 p.m.
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.
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.”
But Hutchinson said that “excessive force, abuse of authority, is not going to be tolerated,” calling for a federal investigation and for the officer to be immediately suspended pending the results of the federal probe, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Hutchinson said the group has not received any information from the CHP about the context of the video, although he could not think of a reason that could justify the officer’s actions.
“We don’t know at this point [what occurred before the recording]. The only thing we have the video,” he said, insisting that no matter what transpired “the officer crossed the line.”
“To subdue, that’s one thing. But to beat, that’s another thing,” Hutchinson said.
CHF Chief Chris O’Quinn added…
“I can say that the tape only shows a small part of what transpired. There are events that led up to this. Until that’s collected and put into — perspective, we aren’t going to be able to make a determination.” Read the full article