Lawyer: No drugs, booze in woman beaten by officer

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press
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Marlene Pinnock, left, poses with her attorney, Caree Harper during an interview Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. Pinnock, a homeless woman was beaten by a CHP officer in July 2014. Sunday was Pinnock's first publicized interview since the incident, that was videotaped. (AP Photo/John Hopper)

Marlene Pinnock, left, poses with her attorney, Caree Harper during an interview Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. Pinnock, a homeless woman was beaten by a CHP officer in July 2014. Sunday was Pinnock’s first publicized interview since the incident, that was videotaped. (AP Photo/John Hopper)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer says tests show she had no drugs or alcohol in her system.

Drivers who called 911 before the incident said Marlene Pinnock appeared high, drunk or “loaded.”

Attorney Caree Harper says Pinnock has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the homeless woman was off her medications for roughly two to three months when the July 1 altercation occurred. She says Pinnock was previously misdiagnosed with a different mental illness.

Pinnock is suing in federal court for civil rights violations.

The CHP says Pinnock was endangering herself by walking on Interstate 10 and the officer was trying to restrain her. The agency has pledged a rapid investigation.

A spokeswoman couldn’t confirm whether the CHP has Pinnock’s medical records and said if it did, they wouldn’t be released because of the investigation.

 

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