CHP officer recorded punching woman in the head on freeway

September 25, 2014

CHP@The California Highway Patrol is paying out $1.5 million to a 51-year-old great-grandmother who was punched in the head repeatedly by an officer on a Los Angeles freeway. [Huffington Post]

On July 1, Marlene Pinnock was walking on an Interstate 10 on ramp near La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles for an unknown reason. CHP Officer Daniel Andrew chased her down, threw her to the ground and punched her several times in the head.

A passerby recorded the incident.

“He grabbed me, he threw me down, he started beating me, he beat me,” Pinnock said. “I felt like he was trying to kill me, beat me to death.”

A CHP investigator initially said that Pinnock resisted arrest by pushing Daniel, who was trying to keep her from oncoming traffic.

But, Daniel has since resigned, and the CHP has agreed to create a special needs trust to pay for Pinnock’s long-term health care.


Oh come on, in Arroyo Grande that would just be a simple misunderstanding. Maybe he was inviting her for late night tea to sober up?


There are definitely two sides to this story. Yeah, this video does not look good for this officer but he most definitely saved this woman’s life. And I would appreciate it if media outlets would provide the whole story. I am not a police officer, but I do have sympathy for the tough job they do. When dealing with a person who is altered by drugs our alcohol next to a bunch of speeding cars who is not following commands, what do you expect. Short sided articles like this just perpetuates the problem. Do yourself a favor if an officer asks you to do something, do it. And let the court decide who is right.


She is breaking the law and gets $1.5 million? Why not? It isn’t the politicians money. No wonder the rest of the world thinks the U.S. is stupid.


In hindsight, the officer should have stood by and watched her run out in the freeway and get plastered, then investigated the accident.

Anybody notice that at 51 she is already a GREAT-grandmother? That is one family tree that has dysfunction written all over it.


No response to the additional facts I posted? That doesn’t matter?

Do you think for one moment they would have settled this case for only 1.5 mil if the woman was completely innocent? Heck no! Her and her attorneys would have gone for 10 mil plus and all of you know it!