LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —  The family and attorney of a woman who was seen being repeatedly punched in the face by a CHP officer said Sunday they are planning a lawsuit.

The incident, near an on-ramp for the 10 Freeway at La Brea Avenue in Mid City, was caught on tape by passing motorist David Diaz.

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The video went viral and sparked outrage around the city.

The CHP says they are investigating the incident.

An unidentified officer is shown punching Marlene Pinnock, while she is on the ground and not resisting, about 15 times in the face.

He reportedly said he was trying to subdue the woman to keep her from walking into traffic.

Marlene Pinnock as she appeared in a 2009 photo. (credit: Pinnock's attorney Caree Harper)

Marlene Pinnock as she appeared in a 2009 photo. (credit: Pinnock’s attorney Caree Harper)

Pinnock is at Martin Luther King Hospital — her attorney says against her will.

Also on Sunday, civil rights activists said the superintendent of the CHP has agreed to meet with them to discuss the incident.

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Civil rights activists have demanded the CHP publicly identify the officer. Thus far, the CHP has not named the officer but told the activists he has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.


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