LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The woman who was seen on cell phone camera footage being beaten by a California Highway Patrol Officer on the side of the 10 Freeway last year was removed by officers from the same area on Tuesday, the CHP said.
Marlene Pinnock, a 52-year-old grandmother, was awarded $1.5 million in a settlement with the CHP last year after cell phone video showed her being beaten by an officer on the side of the freeway on July 1, 2014.
Pinnock, who has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and was off her medication, said she did nothing to warrant the attack.
“He just pulled me, brutally, threw me down, started beating me,” Pinnock told CBS News’ Carter Evans last year. “Banging me, trying to kill me. Trying to beat me to death. Take my life away. For no reason. I did nothing to him.”
The officer involved in the beating, Daniel Andrew, initially said he was restraining Pinnock so she would not walk into oncoming traffic. He later resigned.
Pinnock told CBS2’s Rachel Kim in April that she was getting her life back on track, even as her attorney faced allegations that he exploited Pinnock by taking a large portion of the settlement as payment for his legal services.
She apparently avoided further trouble until around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when the CHP said it had another run-in with Pinnock — in the same location as last year’s incident.
Officers said Pinnock was walking on the right shoulder of the La Brea Avenue on-ramp to the eastbound 10 Freeway when an officer attempted to get her to move to a safe location. According to a police report, Pinnock pulled away from the officer and ran in the direction of traffic.
She was picked up and transported to Los Angeles County Medical Center for mental health evaluation and treatment.