A woman captured on a cellphone video being punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway has received a $1.5 million settlement.
Under the terms of the deal, the officer has agreed to resign, but could still face criminal charges.
The July video, shot by a passing motorist, shows Officer Daniel Andrew straddling 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock on the ground and beating her repeatedly with his right fist.
The incident unfolded after Pinnock, a great-grandmother, crossed an access ramp to the freeway and walked along the shoulder of the 10 Freeway near La Brea Ave.
The officer was then seen walking up to Pinnock from behind and throwing her to the ground. He is seen punching her in the face and upper body for up to 15 seconds, KTLA reports.
“When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution,” CHP commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement Wednesday. “Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved.”
He said the bulk of the settlement, resolved after a nine-hour meditation session, will set up a special needs trust for the woman, Marlene Pinnock, “to provide for her long term care.”
The statement said Andrew, who joined the CHP in 2012 and has been on paid administrative leave since the incident, “has elected to resign.”
The CHP forwarded the results of its investigation of the incident to Los Angeles County prosecutors last month, saying he could face serious charges but none have been filed yet.
Pinnock’s attorney Caree Harper said the settlement met two goals sought by her side.
“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.”
According to a search warrant made public in court documents last month, Andrew had just pulled Pinnock from oncoming traffic along the freeway and she resisted by pushing him after multiple drivers called 911 to report her walking barefoot along the side of the freeway.
According to the account of a patrol investigator, Andrew then straddled her on the ground as Pinnock resisted by “kicking her legs, grabbing the officer’s uniform and twisting her body” and that Andrew “struck her in the upper torso and head several times with a closed right fist.”
Pinnock’s attorney said the video doesn’t square with the investigator’s account and shows, to the contrary, that Pinnock is not resisting arrest before the beating.
The warrant said Pinnock suffered no signs of physical injury and refused medical treatment. She was placed on a psychiatric hold for two weeks. Pinnock has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been off her medication for two to three months before the incident.
In an interview with the Associated Press 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.”
Contributing: Associated Press