Marlene Pinnock Files Lawsuit Over Freeway Beating

By Julianne Hing Jul 18, 2014

Marlene Pinnock, a black woman whose brutal beating by a California Highway Patrol officer on July 1 was caught on camera, has filed a civil rights lawsuit, AP reported. 

The lawsuit, which named the CHP commissioner, the still-unnamed officer in the video, and other officers as defendants, accuses them of acting with excessive force, assault, battery, and a violation of Pinnock’s due process rights. The lawsuit, the AP reported, alleges that Pinnock "suffered great mental and physical pain, suffering, anguish, fright, nervousness, anxiety, grief shock, humiliation, indignity, and embarrassment." Pinnock is seeking monetary damages. 

On July 1, the CHP received nine 911 calls that Pinnock, an African-American woman, was walking barefoot on the shoulder of a busy Los Angeles freeway, it said. What happened once an officer arrived on the scene though, is what’s most concerning. According to the CHP, the officer tried to grab ahold of or subdue Pinnock. In the video, which does not capture the entire interaction, the CHP officer chases Pinnock and then swings her to the ground before straddling her and beating her with a series of punches as she tries to shield her face.