Great Grandmother Beaten By Police Officer Settles for $1.5 M
KHOU reported today that a woman repeatedly beaten by a California highway police officer has settled for $1.5 million.
The video above was captured in July by a passing motorist, after Marlene Pinnock, a great grandmother, crossed an access ramp to the 10 Freeway.
"When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution," CHP commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement Wednesday. "Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved."
A patrol investigator said Pinnock resisted arrest, but Pinnock's attorney says the video does not support this.
Multiple drivers had reported Pinnock to 911 after she was seen walking barefoot alongside the freeway. Diagnosed with bipolar, Pinnock was off of her medication for 2-3 months before the incident.
When the Associated Press interviewed Pinnock, she said, "He grabbed me, he threw me down, he started beating me," she said. "I felt like he was trying to kill me, beat me to death."