The California Highway Patrol has launched an investigation in to the beating of a bag woman along the 10 freeway west of Downtown Los Angeles. Video that surfaced over the weekend shows a shoeless woman running in to traffic lanes followed by an officer from the CHP. He catches up to her, spins here around, takes her down to the ground and hits her more than a dozen times. Officials with the Highway Patrol maintain she was endangering herself and others.
“This is just disturbing, and it makes me wonder what are the training methods…what are you supposed to do in a situation like this where someone is allegedly resisting arrest,” wondered Morning Answer co-host Elisha Krauss.
“And there are no clear standards for behavior with regards to cops,” added Morning Answer host Ben Shapiro. “What you end up with is the supposed reasonable man stand. What would a reasonable person do in this situation? “
“Did that video look reasonable to you?” Brian Whitman asked Ben.
“No it did not. The problem that you have is that you put cops in these sorts of situations and they’re going to…some cops are not going tend to go far enough meaning that they’ll put themselves at risk before they put somebody else at risk,” explained Ben. “And then there are going to be some cops who go too far, because they figure, ‘You know what, it’s reasonable for me, in this circumstance, that I don’t want to be threatened and I’m going to beat the crap out of somebody.’” He went on to say it seems the procedures for police have become less codified and you end up with the worst of both worlds. Officers are less safe and people are less safe.
Click on the player above to hear more and check out the video of the CHP officer beating the homeless woman on the side of the 10 freeway below.