Back in July, Opposing Views told you about the California Highway Patrol officer who was caught on camera punching a woman in the face on the side of a busy roadway. Now, an investigator claims that the officer had pulled the victim from oncoming traffic just before the violent altercation.
Reports say an investigator has determined that just moments before CHP officer Daniel Andrew hit 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, he had pulled her from oncoming traffic. Pinnock reportedly pushed Andrew, and that’s when he proceeded to repeatedly punch her in the face as she laid on the ground.
Following the incident, a video that bystander David Diaz captured quickly went viral, and the officer in question was removed form duty and put on paid administrative leave. Back in August, Pinnock spoke to the media, saying that she thought she was going to be killed.
“He grabbed me, he threw me down, he started beating me. I felt like he was trying to kill me, beat me to death,” Pinnock said.
Pinnock has filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the officer of civil rights violations, assault, battery, a violation of due-process rights and excessive force. Reports say that the CHP has now turned the investigation over to prosecutors, and Andrew could potentially face serious charges for the beating.