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Video: Woman Gets $1.5 Million from California Highway Patrol, Trooper Resigns

September 25, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Woman Gets $1.5 Million from California Highway Patrol, Trooper Resigns

A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement reached Wednesday night, and the officer has agreed to resign.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow confirmed the settlement in an emailed statement and an attorney for Marlene Pinnock confirmed the dollar amount.

The agreement came after a nine-hour mediation session in Los Angeles, CBS News reports.

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

The statement said that Officer Daniel Andrew, who joined the CHP in 2012 and has been on paid administrative leave since the incident, "has elected to resign."

Activists are pushing for the trooper's prosecution, the Los Angeles times reports.

"Our call has always been for L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to prosecute Andrew for beating Pinnock," Project Islamic Hope Director Najee Ali said in a statement. “The settlement with her changes nothing. If anything it makes a prosecution more urgent now than ever."


Comments (6)

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William Johnson @ 9/25/2014 2:47 PM

Can an adult male officer be so incompetent at defensive/control tactics that he has to resort to punching a woman out? Just between you and me, haven't we heard of things like armlocks or pressure points or other control techniques that don't require beating the heck out of a woman's visage?

TheRookie @ 9/25/2014 3:08 PM

Understand why CHP had to pay the 1.5 million, & he lost his career. CHP could've done a better job of hiring & screening. With only 2 short years he can't even attribute any of this to stress due to prior events.

Lt. Henry @ 9/25/2014 6:19 PM

TheRookie, you don't know if this guy worked at another agency for 5, 8 or more year's, if he served in the military and if so, how many tours he did front line in the middle east. All of this would be a contributer to stress. NOT AN EXCUSE for what I saw. He went well beyond the use of force continuum we are all trained to utilize in the field. Use the amount of force required to repel that used against you to protect you and others and to affect the arrest as safely as possible.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/25/2014 6:53 PM

Incidents like this make me wonder if both parties are working together just to collect a great sum of money from us tax payers. Two people could live very well on 1.5 million dollars.

Carlos @ 9/25/2014 7:17 PM

Being a former LEO myself, I am very pro-LE. But I did not see any action from the subject that warrants this beating. He probably would have been better off using a Taser.

IMHO, unless there is more to this story, they need to charge this guy with Criminal Assault and Battery.

Henry Johnson @ 9/25/2014 8:21 PM

I would not be so quick to say that the CHP did not do a proper job on the selection. I did not work for the CHP, however I did serve as a police officer in the Los Angeles area for approximately 31 yrs. The selection process will take about a year. After being hired the recruit must complete the academy and a training program with a FTO. I think every department hired an officer/deputy that made others ask, "how did he make it as a police officer/deputy sheriff.

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