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The California Highway Patrol officer who was caught on camera punching a woman on the side of a freeway over the summer has resigned, authorities say.
The victim, Marlene Pinnock, settled her lawsuit yesterday, and is due to receive $1.5 million. The Associated Press adds that the settlement was confirmed by CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved," Farrow said in a statement.
The Jul. 1 video showed Pinnock being attacked on the side of Interstate 10 by Officer Daniel Andrew. The video, captured, by a passing driver, went viral:
According to a search warrant made public in court documents last month, Andrew had just pulled Pinnock from oncoming traffic and she resisted by pushing him after multiple drivers called 911 to report her walking barefoot along the side of the freeway.
Andrew then straddled her on the ground as Pinnock resisted by "kicking her legs, grabbing the officer's uniform and twisting her body," the warrant said. Andrew "struck her in the upper torso and head several times with a closed right fist," the records say.
The Associated Press adds that Pinnock, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had been off her medication for as long as three months prior to the incident. Officer Andrew, a member of the CHP since 2012, had been on paid administrative leave since the altercation took place.
[via Associated Press]
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