Huntington Park woman was punched by a police officer as her home burned

A young woman was punched and arrested by Huntington Park police officers on the Fourth of July while a fire ripped through the apartment she shared with her parents.

Adriana Hernandez, 27, told ABC7 that the incident occurred when a garage fire spread to the family’s apartment. Hernandez could not be reached immediately for comment.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said firefighters responded at 9:33 p.m. to a call about a structure fire in the 6400 block of Templeton Street. The fire also prompted a response from the Huntington Park Police Department.

Hernandez told the station that she was attempting to reach her father, who was trying to save the photography equipment he needed for his job from the burning building, but she was held back by a policewoman. During a short scuffle, the same police officer punched her in the face.

"She did not care. She just grabbed me from my shirt, she literally ripped my rosary and started striking me in the face three times," she told the station.

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Cellphone video shows Hernandez calling out for her father in Spanish before she’s pushed back by a policewoman. Seconds later, the same officer punches Hernandez in the face.

Hernandez said she was taken into custody for resisting arrest.

The Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but in a statement sent to ABC7, it said that the incident was “under administrative review to determine the full facts and circumstances resulting in the use of force to ensure compliance with department policy."

Hernandez said the incident was distressing.

"It just felt like everything was being taken away from me that fast and it wasn't even my fault," she told the station.

In a GoFundMe account, Hernandez said she is an only child juggling studies at East Los Angeles Community College and a job at In-N-Out that she took to help her parents. She said the fire, which she blamed on "outdated electrical wiring," has left her family homeless.

“Adding to our challenges, I was subjected to excessive force by a police officer, who unjustifiably struck me three times,” she wrote. The money raised would help the family "as we navigate homelessness," she wrote, and help cover the loss of her father's equipment.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.