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Woman whose beating went viral found again on California freeway

Marlene Pinnock, left, poses with her attorney, Caree Harper during an interview in Los Angeles.
Marlene Pinnock, left, poses with her attorney, Caree Harper during an interview in Los Angeles. AP

Marlene Pinnock, the woman whose beating last year by a California Highway Patrol officer became national news, was found early Wednesday morning as she again wandered along the side of a Central Los Angeles freeway.

Pinnock, 52, has a history of mental health issues. She was found wandering at 2.26 a.m. Thursday on the eastbound side of the Interstate 10, CHP Sgt. Jose Nuñez said. Two officers spoke with her and, after she didn’t respond to entreaties to move out of danger, they “gained physical control” of Pinnock and placed her in their vehicle.

“She was walking away from them,” Nuñez said. “She wasn’t thinking clearly.”

The officers made an assessment that Pinnock might be a danger to herself or to others, Nuñez said, and took her to a hospital for further evaluation.

The incident occurred not far from where CHP Officer Daniel Andrew, who is white, found Pinnock, who is black, wandering barefoot on the side of the freeway on July 1, 2014. Andrew pulled Pinnock from oncoming traffic and she resisted by pushing him. Andrew then got on top of Pinnock and repeatedly punched her. A passerby caught the beating on video.

Andrew eventually resigned from the department, which paid Pinnock $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit.

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