LEIMERT PARK, Calif. (KABC) --Protesters gathered in Leimert Park Saturday to voice outrage over the beating of a homeless woman by a California Highway Patrol officer along the 10 Freeway.
On July 1, a cell phone video shows Marlene Pinnock being punched repeatedly by a CHP officer. Authorities said Pinnock, 51, was walking on the 10 Freeway without shoes and was in the process of being arrested for her safety.
The incident, however, sparked calls of police brutality. Civil rights groups want an independent federal investigation into the incident.
Before the beating, several drivers called 911 to report that Pinnock was walking along the freeway. A cell phone video shot by David Diaz caught the violence.
Diaz was honored Saturday by members of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable for his actions.
"When the officer was on top of her and hitting her viciously, that's when I was in complete shock. I can't believe I'm witnessing such brutality," Diaz said.
The CHP officer in question is on desk duty while the incident is investigated.