Family to Sue After Cop Beats Grandmother
Officer caught repeatedly punching woman in the street
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 7, 2014 2:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A California family says it intends to file a civil rights lawsuit after video surfaced of a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face on the side of the highway. The woman, 51-year-old grandmother Marlene Pinnock, was unarmed. According to the arrest report, the woman, who is allegedly homeless, was walking along the road and became "physically combative," CBS News reports. She's been deemed a "5150," according to KTLA, which refers to the California welfare code under which mentally ill people are confined if they are a danger to themselves or others.

"It's our opinion that the CHP officer is the one who is a danger to others," one civil rights lawyer said. "We believe he fits the criteria of 5150." The officer has been suspended with pay, and police say they're investigating. "The tape only shows a small part of what transpired," one CHP official said. "There were events that led up to this." The family has also questioned the care Pinnock is receiving at a South LA hospital; her daughter complains that for a week, police wouldn't let them see her.

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Jul 9, 2014 12:57 PM CDT
Why was the woman homeless, if she had a family?
Jul 8, 2014 3:25 PM CDT
Now the family wants Granny, when she was homeless that was okay. Sho be pleasin to see cash is the reason the family is so interested in Gran Gran now. After the settlement they'll give her two quart colt 45's boot her out the back door and start spending the windfall.
Jul 8, 2014 12:32 PM CDT
I hope this family gives the city/county and police department some serious butt hurt! It's time police re-think their handling of people. Obviously, this officer only wanted to see a threat without really accessing the potential/so-called threat.