Congresswoman Bass Calls for Department of Justice to Investigate CHP Beating
In light of recent videos showing a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face during a confrontation on the 10 Freeway, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting the Department of Justice conduct an investigation into whether the officer’s conduct amounts to a criminal violation of the woman’s constitutional right to protection from police brutality.
“The video is truly horrific,” said Rep. Bass. “I am pleased that the CHP has announced it will investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and that CHP has invited the U.S. Department of Justice to participate in its investigation. However, I am requesting that DOJ conduct its own investigation into whether the officer’s conduct amounts to a violation of the woman’s constitutional right to protection from excessive force.”
Specifically, Rep. Bass is requesting that the Department of Justice investigate whether the CHP officer violated Section 242 of Title 18 of the criminal code, which makes it a crime for law enforcement to violate Fourth Amendment Rights by using excessive force.