CHP “Wounded” After Officer Caught on Video Hitting Woman: Commissioner

Christina Cocca and Ted Chen (NBC) | July 8, 2014

chp beating womanThe commissioner of the California Highway Patrol called the CHP a “wounded” organization when he met with community leaders and activists Tuesday amid public outrage over an officer who was caught on video hitting a woman in the face.

CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow said he has never seen anything like the video in his more than 30 years in law enforcement.

“I feel it. We’re wounded,” Farrow said. “We have lost a considerable amount of trust from members of the community down here, and my job is to try to regain that trust.”

The video surfaced on YouTube after a witness posted cellphone footage he captured of the July 1 incident. The CHP officer can be seen straddling a woman on the ground and repeatedly hitting her in the face as commuters drive by on the 10 Freeway west of downtown LA.

The CHP has placed the officer on desk duty, but will not release his identity.

“When I look at the California Government code and the Peace Officer Bill of Rights, it specifically says I cannot release the name of an officer involved in an internal investigation,” Farrow said.

Activists felt otherwise.

“They have an obligation to the community to release his name,” Najee Ali said on Tuesday. “We want to know, does he have a history of past abuse? We can’t know that unless we know his name and prior work record.”

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