Case of CHP Officer Who Pummeled Homeless Woman Goes to D.A.
Results of the California Highway Patrol's investigation into an officer's videotaped beating of a homeless African American woman at the side of the 10 freeway last month have been forwarded to the District Attorney's office for its consideration, a CHP officer confirmed to L.A. Weekly today.
The woman's family said she sustained serious head injuries and emotional trauma following the July 1 attack. They filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the agency.
The CHP didn't have details about its investigation for us today:
But the fact that the CHP was forwarding its investigative results to the L.A. County District Attorney's office suggests that there might be allegations of criminal behavior against the cop.
We reached out to the D.A.'s office but could not get through to a spokeswoman.
The July 1 incident started when the CHP was notified that a woman, later identified as Marlene Pinnock, was walking in traffic on the 10 freeway near La Brea Avenue in Mid-City.
Video from a passing motorist shows the officer tackling the woman to the ground and then pummeling her face with gloved fists.
The violence sparked a campaign among some black leaders for a federal investigation.
[Added at 1:51 p.m.]: A spokesman for the District Attorney's office confirmed that the "CHP has presented its investigation on the Marlene Pinnock case" and that "it's under review."
[Added at 2:24 p.m.]: The CHP says in a statement that the investigation's results outline "potentially serious charges for the officer."
The agency identified him, after refusing to do so (and after an attorney for the family did so), as Daniel Andrew. It says his "peace officer duties" have been "revoked effective immediately" and that he was moved from desk duty to "administrative time off."
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