CHP reaches $1.5 Million Settlement with Woman Beaten by Officer

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The woman who was captured on cellphone video being beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a Los Angeles freeway reached a $1.5 million settlement with the department on Wednesday, according to her attorney, Caree Harper.

The settlement includes a provision that the officer involved will resign.

Video of the violent arrest, which occurred on the side of the 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue on July 1 and was filmed by a passing motorist.

It showed 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock walking away from the officer on the side of the freeway.

He could then be seen walked up behind her, grabbing her and throwing her to the ground. He then straddled the great-grandmother and began repeatedly punching her in the face and upper body.

The beating lasted for up to 15 seconds, according to the video.

On Wednesday evening, CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow issued the following statement:

“When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution. Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved.

I am thankful to the attorneys representing both sides who worked cooperatively and diligently to resolve this civil lawsuit.

The bulk of the settlement establishes a special needs trust for Ms. Pinnock to provide a mechanism for her long term care. Additionally, Officer Andrew has elected to resign.

I very much appreciate the trust the public has placed in our organization to address this issue and resolve it responsibly.”