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Video: Homeless Woman Sues CHP Over Videoed Force Incident

July 18, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Homeless Woman Sues CHP Over Videoed Force Incident

A woman seen on cellphone video being repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a Los Angeles freeway has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the beating, her lawyer announced Thursday.

Marlene Pinnock, a 51-year-old homeless woman, was detained July 1 on the side of the 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue in a violent arrest caught on cellphone camera by a passing motorist. Video of the incident quickly went viral.

CHP officers were responding to a report of a woman walking into lanes on the freeway at the time of the incident, authorities have said.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges civil rights violations and use of excessive force on the part of the California Highway Patrol officer, who has not been identified, KTLA TV reports.

Pinnock’s lawyers said they want the officer fired and charged criminally.

Holding their news conference outside the federal building in Westwood, the attorneys called for the FBI to investigate and seek attempted murder charges against the officer.


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SGT JJ @ 7/19/2014 10:42 AM

Crazy people have enormous strength and are very hard to control physically. The film shows officer violence, but having been in similar situations, your first objective has to be to keep the person from getting killed by traffic. I suppose he could have tazered her. Interesting the woman had no visible injuries. Where those forearm hits to try and keep her down? Hope she wins a ticket to the nut house! For those who judge, have you ever tried to handcuff a hyperactive nut?

DEADMAN @ 7/20/2014 6:54 PM

She is homeless,walking in traffic,distinct possibility of being a nut case.Also a distinct possibility is that her attorneys approached before 30 days had expired,in Ohio ,that is an ethics violation usually performed by an ambulance chaser looking for quick buck.It might still be an ethics violation in beautiful dntn California ,whereas an attorney could have the license to practice law suspended or they could go thru disbarment proceedings in State Supreme Court. Stay Safe Blue andyou khaki cowboys,don't forget how to articulate everything and that everybody has a camera.

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