The woman who was captured on video being punched in her face repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway last year was arrested on the same freeway and taken in for mental evaluation, according to CHP officials.
Marlene Pinnock, the woman on the video, was seen wandering on the busy eastbound 10 freeway in the very early hours of the morning. She was detained around 2:25 a.m. Tuesday by two officers, according to Sgt. Joe Nunez.
Pinnock, who received a $1.5 million settlement for the beating on July 1, 2014, has long struggled with mental illness.
After a further evaluation of Pinnock, officers took her to the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center for “mental health evaluation and treatment,” according to Nunez.
Under the 5150 welfare and institutions code, officers are allowed to detain patrons for plausible mental health evaluations.
Officer Daniel Andrew, who was caught punching Pinnock in her face at least nine times during the initial incident in July of last year, has yet to be charged for the crime. He resigned from his position as a CHP officer.
Recorded by a passing motorcyclist, Pinnock’s horrifying ordeal went viral on social media with thousands of people outraged at the officer's excessive force. The CHP explained that Andrew was trying to stop Pinnock from walking into traffic but once confronted she became “physically combative.”
Pinnock claims she had only been walking to find a place to sleep when Andrew came from behind and threw her to the ground.
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