Great-grandmother beaten by LA officer gets $1.5 million settlement

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LOS ANGELES (CNN) — A great-grandmother shown in a video being repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer has reached a $1.5 million settlement with the law enforcement agency, its media relations office said.

The beating suffered by Marlene Pinnock, 51, took place in July along the Santa Monica (10) Freeway and was caught on camera by a passing motorist.

Her family then vowed to bring a civil case against the agency.

As a result of the settlement, the officer involved, Daniel L. Andrew, has agreed to resign, the CHP media relations office said.

“When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution. Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow in a statement.

The bulk of the settlement will be used to set up a special needs trust for Pinnock “to provide a mechanism for her long term care,” he said.

A police report released a few days after the incident said Pinnock posed a danger to herself and other drivers because she was “walking within traffic lanes” at times and when asked to stop she became “physically combative.” She was placed in a hospital under an involuntary psychiatric hold.

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  • Tracy

    And ridiculous crap like this is what makes psycho people like eric frein in Pennsylvania snap!!! All these piece of crap cops should be held accountable for an innocent PA state troopers life as well as the psycho that did it!!!

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