Woman Beaten By California Highway Patrol Officer Gets $1.5 Million Settlement

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A woman senselessly beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer is about to get a handsome reward for her troubles. CBS Los Angeles reported yesterday that Marlene Pinnock, 51, reached a $1.5 million settlement with the California Highway Patrol this week.

Pinnock was assaulted by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer Daniel L. Andrew earlier this year. The beating was filmed by a passing motorist and posted to the web, at which point it went viral. Pinnock spent over a month in the hospital after the incident.

“He was trying to beat me to death,” Pinnock said. She believes Officer Andrew was trying to “take my life away. For no reason. I did nothing to him.”

The CHP announced that Officer Andrew will resign as part of the settlement.

“The bulk of the settlement establishes a special needs trust for Ms. Pinnock to provide a mechanism for her long term care. Additionally, Officer Andrew has elected to resign,” CHP Officer Jaime Coffee said.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow says he thinks the settlement is “satisfactory to all parties involved.”

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

In case you missed it, here is footage of the assault:

Sources: CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, YouTube