In today's edition of "walking while Black" ...
The California Highway Patrol says it will "investigate" a YouTube video that captures an officer repeatedly punching a woman along the side of a Los Angeles freeway. The officer is shown "punching the woman on the ground more than 11 times in the face" near an off-ramp on Interstate 10, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The confrontation was caught on cellphone video by a man driving by [on Tuesday]. ... When the video starts, the officer is seen trying to detain the woman. She gets a few steps away from him, but he gets her to the ground. He briefly struggles with her before repeatedly punching her in the face. After a few moments, a plainclothes officer enters the picture and helps the CHP officer put the woman in handcuffs.
The man who shot the video ... said he saw the barefoot woman walking around the off-ramp when he noticed a CHP officer chase her around a truck. [David] Diaz said, "If you look at the video, there are 15 hits. To the head, and not just simple jabs. These are blows to the head. Blows. Really serious blows. And this is ridiculous to me."
The attorney for the family of the woman wants the officers to be disciplined. "She's not just some animal," said attorney Caree Harper, reports KTLA 5. "She has an aunt, a sister, a brother, a father and a great-grandchild."
Meanwhile in Arizona: Arizona State University English Professor Ersula Ore pleaded not guilty to assaulting an officer and other charges on Thursday, reports the Arizona Republic. Ore's arrest and brutal beating by an ASU police officer was captured by police dash cam surveillance video. The ASU Police Department has "placed the arresting officer on administrative leave and ask[ed] the FBI to look into any civil-rights violations that may have occurred."
Nothing to see here, keep moving! Just another Black woman viciously beat by police officers. Watch the beat down AFTER THE JUMP ...
One final note: The Los Angeles woman possibly may have been in distress, injured, mentally incapacitated or suffering other mental health trauma if she indeed was "barefoot" and wandering in traffic. This would be yet another example of police excessively responding to mental illness.
"People with severe mental disorders who, in the absence of adequate mental health services, are coming in contact [more frequently] with the criminal justice system, sometimes with deadly consequences," the New York Times reported in April. "The problem has gotten worse in recent years, according to mental health and criminal justice experts, as state and local governments have cut back on mental health services for financial reasons."
And as always, Blacks and Latinos with mental health challenges more likely to be undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or untreated. See our report for EBONY: "Mental Health Disparities Endanger Chicago's Black Youth."