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Woman Punched by Cop in Cali Receives $1.5M Settlement

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 11:18 AM

A woman punched by a cop this summer has reached a settlement with the California Highway Patrol in which she will receive $1.5 million, with the officer also agreeing to resign.

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

Caree Harper, attorney of victim Marlene Pinnock, said the agreement will ensure the long-term care of her client, who will access the funds through a special needs trust.

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"One of the things we wanted to make sure of was that she was provided for in a manner that accommodated her unique situation in life," Harper said, "and that the officer was not going to be an officer anymore and we secured those things."

Officer Daniel Andrew had been on administrative leave since his altercation with the 51-year-old great-grandmother.

Andrew was reportedly chasing Pinnock around the 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue, where she was crossing traffic lanes on foot. She had pushed him several times during her evasion. After catching her, video footage captured by a nearby motorist shows him pulling her to the ground, straddling her, and punching her repeatedly.

A police report said Pinnock sustained no injuries during the altercation, but was placed under arrest, refused medical attention, and placed on a psychiatric hold for two weeks.

It remains unclear why Pinnock was on the highway in the first place but, according to The Associated Press, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been off her medication for months.

It remains unclear if Andrew will face criminal charges for the incident.



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