Marlene Pinnock, Woman Beaten by California Highway Patrolman, Settles for $1.5 Million

Just goes to prove that law enforcement doesn’t have to drag out settlements for years and years, especially when there is video that is plain and clear of police abuse. 



Marlene Pinnock, the 51-year-old woman punched repeatedly by California Highway Patrol officer Daniel Andrew on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video, will receive $1.5 million under a settlement reached Wednesday night, and the officer has agreed to resign.

On July 1, a passing driver captured video of Pinnock being repeatedly pummeled by Andrew, and she filed suit in August.

marlenepinnock_zps31e51969The Associated Press reports that Pinnock and the CHP reached an agreement after a lengthy mediation.

“When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution,” CHP Commissioner John Farrow said in a statement. “Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved.”

The statement said that Officer Andrew, who joined the CHP in 2012 and has been on paid administrative leave since the incident, “has elected to resign.”


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Posted on 09/25/2014, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Marlene Pinnock and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I wonder what the trooper’s story would have been if there had been no video of the beating? Thankfully there was one. Every LE officer should be required to have body cams.

    • kindheart101

      x2 Towerflower.

      Marlene should have received double that amount, and the so-called officer should have been brought up on charges and made to remit all of his “paid administrative leave” to Marlene as well.

      I hope this guy can’t even get a job as a trash collector, as I would not even trust him around my garbage.

      • I think it’s about 8.5 million short………..but that’s just me.

        What on God’s green earth was this thug thinking ?? !! ??

        • kindheart101

          aaarrrrggghhhhhhhhhhhh Racer.

          Empowered Thug! I have watched that video dozens of times, and all I see is empowerment, and a RIGHT to do whatever he pleases. Thank God it was caught on video, or as Towerflower said: “I wonder what the trooper’s story would have been if there had been no video of the beating?

          I almost wish it had not been disclosed that there was a video just he could have been slapped in the face with it after making up some story in his defense.

          So, he resigned? That’s just another crime in my eyes! He should be sharing a jail cell with Wilson, and put on public display, behind bars, right next to other wild animals that are caged for public safety.


          • Can you imagine if this had gone farther and he didn’t know there was video……..HFS Batman !! Imagine if the rules of discovery are such that you could ambush the dork at trial with that after he denies what happened……

            In fact, I believe that’s exactly how the rules should be…..certainly would weed those liars out.

            • kindheart101

              My exact thoughts Racer.

              Forget discovery, or information of any kind. Let them hang themselves, and bring out the videos of truth after they have told their bleeding heart lies. What chance did they give their victims? It should only be FAIR that all truthful evidence should be able to be used against them, with NO prior knowledge, so they can’t whip up some fairy tale. Make them testify, under oath, and stand by their story. This would be like watching a bottomless boat trying to float once the evidence was produced.

        • kindheart101

          In case you can’t tell, this is really starting to get to me Racer. After being called a “Dumb Bitch” for giving two teens a ride after they ran out of gas after leaving the local high school, I am quickly losing all faith in humanity.

          What the hell is wrong with people?

          • yahtzeebutterfly

            I don’t know if it is just me, kindheart, but I think a lot of us need some energizing hugs today. 🙂

            Here is mine for you:

            ((( ENERGIZING hug )))

            • kindheart101

              I humbly return that hug Yahtzee. 🙂

              I don’t mean to be a downer, but I am about as frustrated as I’ve been in a real long time.

              All we can do is move on to tomorrow, and pray for Justice.

          • Tell it…..I’m with you all the way. Who called you that for being an honest, Christian person, doing a good deed out of the goodness of your heart ???

            What is wrong with these clowns !! ?? !!

          • yahtzeebutterfly

            Kindheart ,

            Thank you for that hug. I needed it. 🙂

            I was having the same feelings as you today, kindheart (and posted about them on the page before this), and so I definitely understand where you are coming from.

            Yes, I am going to pray for justice and keep on advocating for those innocent victims of hate, racism, police brutality, and injustice.

            I have been inspired as I have watched the people of Ferguson standing up!

            Get up, stand up!
            Don’t give up the fight!

          • yahtzeebutterfly

            I love the energy in this song 🙂

            “Give Our Dreams Their Wings to Fly” – Tim McMorris

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    She deserved much more money than she got. I hope they took away the officer’s retirement as well.

  3. i find it strange the extreme outcry against ray rice, when this is something far worse and hardly a peep?

    • Yep……what Rice did is real despicable, but this cop is off the scale.

  4. roderick2012

    She should have received at least a million dollars for each punch, but this is just another example of how little black life is valued.

  5. yahtzeebutterfly


    “Father of Ohio man killed by police: my son might be alive if he were white”
    Father of John Crawford III says officer would have given his son more time to surrender in Walmart store if he had not been black

    “CCTV footage shows Officer Sean Williams entering the Walmart store in Ohio shortly before fatally shooting John Crawford III.”

  6. I hope no other district hires him, as is the case in so many of these types of incidents. She did deserve much more.

    • peni4yothot

      mindyme, I agree, just like the guy in Ferguson from St.Ann PD who resigned; (pointing weapon at people) I believe one of the state officials is pushing to have him not able to work in LE again.
      Darren Wilson was hired from a district shut down due to corruption/racial tensions. The New Mexico Sheriff had a very shady history, yet was voted in office 2010.
      Look at the idiot cop in SC who shot Levar Jones for a seat belt stop. He was 2007 best cop.
      The CHP who beat Marlene Pinook, he shouldn’t be allowed to work in LE either.

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