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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

California Woman Punched Repeatedly By Police Officer Arrested Again

Marlene Pinnock

Los Angeles, CA — Marlene Pinnock, the African American homeless woman who was filmed being punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer last year, has been arrested again and taken to the Los Angeles County Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.

She was reportedly spotted around 2:30an walking on the shoulder of the busy I-10 highway. Officers picked her up and took her to Los Angeles Medical Center for mental health evaluation.

Sgt. Jose Nunez, a public information officer based in Los Angeles County for the highway patrol, said, “They made verbal contact with her and she quickly became verbally uncooperative, didn’t want to respond to what they told her. As they neared her, it escalated so they needed to take physical control of her.”

He added, “The officers were concerned because it is unlawful to be on the shoulder of the highway and they were not able to spot a disabled vehicle near Pinnock,” Nunez said.

Upon arrival to the Los Angeles Medical Center, Pinnock was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

Regarding the incident on July 1, 2014, where Pinnock was repeatedly punched in the face by a California Highway Patrol officer, she eventually settled a lawsuit for $1.5 million.