Grandmother viciously beaten by cop on LA freeway sues
A grandmother caught on video being viciously beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway has filed a civil rights lawsuit.
The lawsuit that attorney Caree Harper filed in federal court on behalf of Marlene Pinnock names the commissioner of the CHP, the unidentified officer in the July 1 video and other officers as defendants.
The now-viral video recorded by a passing driver shows Pinnock, 51, being repeatedly punched as she’s straddled by the officer.
The lawsuit claims excessive force, assault, battery and a violation of Pinnock’s due process rights.
It states that Pinnock ‘suffered great mental and physical pain, suffering, anguish, fright, nervousness, anxiety, grief shock, humiliation, indignity, and embarrassment’ and seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow told The Associated Press that he had not yet seen the lawsuit and the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation. He has met with community and civil rights leaders in Los Angeles multiple times since the incident and has pledged that the agency’s internal investigation will conclude in weeks rather than the usual months.
‘We do have a good history at taking a look at our processes, procedures and conduct of our employees,’ Farrow said. ‘That’s never been questioned until today.’
The CHP has said Pinnock was walking on Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles, endangering herself and motorists, and the officer was trying to restrain her. Pinnock had begun walking off the freeway but returned when the confrontation occurred.
Harper said Pinnock remains hospitalized with head injuries. The CHP hasn’t released the identity of the officer, who had been on the job for 1 1/2 years; he’s on desk duty pending completion of the internal investigation.
Nine drivers called 911 to report Pinnock before the beating, according to recordings the CHP released Thursday in response to a public records request by The Associated Press.
The callers worriedly told operators the woman was barefoot on the shoulder or attempting to cross lanes of traffic.