A 51-year-old great grandmother, Marlene Pinnock, who was mercilessly pummeled on July 1 along a Los Angeles highway by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer, has received a $1.5 million settlement, according to Sept. 25 report from USA Today. The great grandma’s beatdown was captured on video by a passing motorist and immediately went viral.
Under the terms of the settlement, the CHP officer doing the beating, Daniel Andrew, agreed to resign from the highway patrol. He could still face criminal charges.
At a July 4 press conference, Fox News quoted Chris O’Quinn, Assistant Chief for CHP, at as saying that the officer was simply “trying to restrain a woman who’d been walking on Interstate 10, endangering herself and people in traffic.” David Diaz was the motorist who witnessed the July 1 CHP assault and videotaped the officer punching the woman numerous times as he sat on top of her.
Diaz shared the graphically violent video with local news outlets. Andrew has been on paid administrative leave since the video broke. Back in July, Quinn said that the elderly female victim “was not injured and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.”
Yahoo! News described Pinnock as being “barefoot and harmless.” The video provided by Diaz shows Andrew engaged in a foot chase with Pinnock along traffic heavy Interstate 10. When the CHP officer finally catches up to the woman, he can be seen spinning her around and forcing her down onto the shoulder of the freeway. After a brief struggle, the woman is eventually subdued,
“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.”
Farrow went on to say that most of the settlement monies will go into a trust to provide for Pinnock’s long term care. Following the July assault on Pinnock, a warrant in the case said she refused any medical treatment. Still, she was ordered to be placed on a two-week psychiatric hold. Pinnock is bipolar and had been off her meds for several months leading up to last July. She told reporters that at the time, she thought Andrew was trying to kill her.
“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.”
In a separate report, Yahoo! News confirmed that Andrew could still be criminally charged for his assault on Pinnock. As of this writing, no charges have been filed against him.