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Marlene PinnockMarlene Pinnock, did her first interview with the Associated Press since she was attacked by a California Highway Patrolman on the July 1. The patrolman punched her repeatedlyin her head on the side of a LA freeway.

Marlene spent several weeks in the hospital for treatment of her head injuries. She now she has a slurred speech due to the injuries.

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

Marlene is suing CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow and Officer Daniel L. Andrew for violating her civil rights, using excessive force, assault, battery and violating her due process rights.

The CHP said Pinnock was walking on interstate 10 and the officer was trying to restrain her. He said, “upon contacting the subject she was talking to herself. The subject began telling me ‘I want to walk home’ and called me ‘the devil.’ The subject then tried to walk into traffic lanes.”

Marlene Pinnock had been homeless for three to five years and occasionally stayed at the Los Angeles Mission. She also stayed at a family member’s home in LA.

CHP investigators seized Pinnock’s medical records and clothing she wore during the incident. Marlene attorney Caree Harper said, “He treated her in a manner nobody should ever be treated.”  Harper was disappointed in the lack of doctor-patient privacy and the violation of attorney-client privilege.


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