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LOS ANGELES — A driver used his cellphone to capture video of what appears to be the violent arrest of a woman in California.
The video, shot Tuesday by David Diaz, shows a woman walking along the 10 Freeway when she was approached by the California Highway Patrol officer who proceeded to grab her, knock her to the ground and repeatedly punch her.
“He basically got on top of her … it’s basically a UFC ground-and-pound move … full force, punching her in the head … in the head,” Diaz said.
It was not clear if words were exchanged between the two, but at one point the officer walked up behind the woman and grabbed her, the video showed.
A struggle ensued, during which the officer appeared to knock the woman to the ground, straddled her body and began repeatedly punching her.
A representative for the California Highway Patrol told KTLA the officer was responding to a report of a person on the freeway when the woman walked down an on-ramp then back onto the freeway and across lanes during heavy traffic.