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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer videotaped repeatedly punching a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway had just pulled her from oncoming traffic and she resisted by pushing him, a patrol investigator said.

Investigator Sean Taketa outlined the July 1 incident in a request to search 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock’s medical records. The narrative in the search warrant was made public in court documents last month and is the first detailed account of the incident since a passing driver released cellphone video that went viral.

Pinnock’s attorney, Caree Harper, said the video doesn’t align with the investigator’s account and shows her client is not resisting arrest before she’s pinned and beaten by the officer.

Multiple drivers called 911 to report Pinnock walking barefoot along the side of the freeway.

Officer Daniel Andrew arrived and told Pinnock she could walk off or have a ride away from the freeway, according to the warrant. She walked away without listening to his instructions and moved partially into traffic, so Andrew “grabbed her arm to prevent her from being struck by traffic. Ms. Pinnock resisted by pushing the officer,” the documents say.

Andrew then straddled her on the ground as Pinnock resisted by “kicking her legs, grabbing the officer’s uniform and twisting her body,” the investigator wrote. Andrew “struck her in the upper torso and head several times with a closed right fist,” the records say.

The CHP said in its initial report that the officer arrested her out of fear for both of their safety.

Pinnock has filed suit in federal court, naming agency Commissioner Joe Farrow, Andrew and the investigator, Taketa. She alleges civil rights violations, excessive force, assault, battery and a violation of due-process rights.

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office declined to file charges Aug. 19 against Pinnock for resisting a peace officer due to a lack of sufficient evidence, spokesman Rob Wilcox said.

Taketa said Pinnock suffered no signs of physical injury and refused medical treatment. She was ultimately placed on a psychiatric hold for two weeks, the warrant says. Harper said Pinnock had a bloody nose, black eyes, bruises and scratches on her back.

Harper didn’t provide The Associated Press with medical documentation because she said the records from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where Pinnock was on psychiatric hold, weren’t accurate or consistent in characterizing Pinnock’s injuries. One doctor examined her and found no signs of physical trauma but another found facial swelling and ordered ibuprofen and ice packs, Harper said.

The warrant said the Highway Patrol was conducting a criminal investigation to determine if Andrew used excessive force and if he needlessly committed assault in his role as an officer. The agency forwarded its investigation to prosecutors for potentially serious charges last month.

Rep. Maxine Waters has called the incident unjustifiable police brutality and said Andrew should be fired. She’s holding a news conference Friday with dozens of local women’s groups, Pinnock and Harper to “demand justice” and ask for updates on the investigation.

Commissioner Farrow has said he was shocked by the video and met with community leaders multiple times since the incident. He vowed to expedite a comprehensive investigation.

The investigator said he was seeking the medical records to determine Pinnock’s injuries and her treatment for a potential felony filing.

In an interview with the AP last month, Pinnock said she believed the officer was trying to kill her.

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

Pinnock has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been off her medication for two to three months before the altercation.

Andrew, who is on paid administrative leave, joined the Highway Patrol as a cadet in April 2012 and became an officer six months later. An attorney representing him did not immediately provide comment.

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11 thoughts on “Highway Patrolman Says Woman He Punched Pushed Him

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  2. BuffaloSoldier on said:

    This is what happens when we have inbred Europeans from the Southern variety with IQ’s of less than 40. This poor excuse for a human being must be incarcerated in order for humans to feel that we are not reverting to barbarism.

  3. Oh yese of course they have too come up with some kind of a lie to justify this POS actions, I guess he forgot to throw in ‘SHE WAS GOING FROM MY GUN’. White Cops always say that when it involves blacks. Hope the lowlife suffers for this.

  4. Candygirl81 on said:

    He should also be arrested and charged with assault. Just like any other citizen would be. It is a shame there are so many white people that claim racism does not exist. I personally don’t think most truly believe it, but just to try to justify such savagery is beyond me. You should be embarrassed even trying to offer an excuse. No way he would have beat someone’s white grandmother that way. Please vote.

  5. Timekeeper on said:

    That cop’s statement is both funny and sad. Funny, that he even fixed his mouth to say it. and sad because he, along with his bigoted cohorts actually believe this justifies his actions

  6. Mrknowitall on said:

    She suffers from black privilege.
    Black privilege is when black racists biggits refuse to to cooperate with police, break laws and blame racism.

    • BuffaloSoldier on said:

      Your comments deserve further scrutiny … and expansion , and this is what will be uncovered: A) You are a a Caucasian with mental disability rooted in the Southern Inbreeding Culture ..B) If True that ..based on your stupid comments , that you are a recyled inbred the theory follows that inbreeding produces species like you who have an IQ of less than 40….. roughly equivalent to that of Australatopicus Aferansis ….. Primates who lived on this earth 3 million years ago off course your challenge feeble mind couldn’t possibly understand this !
      So as a summary we can conclude that you are an Imbecile or simply a ….. Dumb ass inbred Confederate Caucasian idiot.

  7. Honestly on said:

    Officer andrew is a lying brutal cave n!@@er , just like mark fuhrman. These mayonnaise monkeys with badges think they have the right to beat and kill people of color. These depraved neanderthal apes have to be put down. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

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