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A response from the California Highway Patrol has been added to the bottom of the story.

A U.S. Army veteran says he was visited by a California Highway Patrol threat assessment investigator after he tweeted that a CHP officer caught on video pummeling a homeless woman in Mid-City “deserves to be executed.”

See also: CHP Officer's Videotaped Beating of Woman Sparks Calls For Federal Investigation

The vet, Andrew Mahoney, says he lives at the Veterans Affairs compound in West Los Angeles because he's being treated there for alcoholism.

The 43-year-old said he was exercising his freedom of speech and described the CHP's questioning as “overreach.” Here's the tweet in question:
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He says:

I just find it ironic that somebody willing to risk his life while sworn to protect a country based on principles such as the First Amendment should have his same rights toyed around with by law enforcement under any circumstances.

Particularly when the CHP is backed into a corner and seems to be lashing out by any means of deflecting criticism and scrutiny and using such workarounds to circumvent due process mainly because they're caught red-handed in such disgraceful maltreatment of a defenseless, vulnerable homeless African-American woman. It lays the Highway Patrol's ugly tactics bare.

We reached out to the CHP for its response but we were told no one was available to speak to us. The department has yet to name the officer involved in the July 1 use of force.

[Added at 4:08 p.m.]: A CHP spokeswoman got back to us. She had this to say:

 … [The] CHP has received calls from citizens threatening to harm the officer involved in the use of force incident on the I-10. Such threats would normally be investigated.

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