The unidentified officer involved in the incident is reported to be on administrative leave while it is being investigated. Photo: AP

Police brutality is escalating. Every day we hear of more assaults carried out supposedly in the name of keeping our streets safe. What you are about to see is shocking. A barefoot woman is walking along a busy road when the police officer,wrestles her to the ground. What follows is nothing more than a street beating as he pounds and pounds the woman with his fist.

He punches the prostrate woman at least 11 times.

Police say that the woman needed to be restrained and was endangering herself and motorists by walking on a busy road in the west of Los Angeles.

The incident was recorded by passing motorist David Tiaz.

“(The policeman) just pounded her,” he told CBS Los Angeles.:

“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.”

“I find it hard to believe there [was] no other remedy in this situation.”

The officer involved in the incident is reported to be on administrative leave while it is being investigated. He has not been identified.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that it is looking into the details of the incident, which has been condemned by civil rights leaders.

“As a matter of policy, every time there is a use of force by our officers, there is a review conducted to determine whether the use of force was appropriate,” a CHP statement said.

“That will be done in this case. However, since there is an ongoing investigation, it would be premature to comment on this specific video segment without reviewing the entire incident.”

When the video starts, the officer is seen trying to detain the barefooted woman, who walks a few steps away from him.

But the officer is seen forcing her to the ground, briefly struggling with her before repeatedly pummelling her. A few moments later, a plainclothes officer enters the picture and helps his colleague put the woman in handcuffs.

A CHP spokesperson was quoted by CBS Los Angeles on Friday as saying that the agency was trying to bring Tuesday’s incident “to a just conclusion”.

The problem is it won’t be a just conclusion. Tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and even the day after that there will be another case like this.

Just think of all the scenes like this that are captured on camera, and then wonder about the thousands that occur when nobody is there to hit the record button. The injuring, maiming and killing of citizens of this country by police officers that use their badge as nothing more than a shield against prosecution, and a licence marking them as above the law, has got to stop.

Our no so intrepid leader needs to be tackling this issue head on. Maybe he could divert some of the time and attention he uses meddling in foreign issues that don’t concern him to deal with the everyday problems that are happening on home soil.

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