Ex-CHP Officer Who Brutally Punched Bipolar Woman Will Not Face Charges
No criminal charges will be filed against a former California Highway Patrol officer who punched a bipolar woman as she walked on a busy Los Angeles freeway, prosecutors said Thursday.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that Officer Daniel Andrew acted within the law by resorting to force to stop Marlene Pinnock from entering traffic.
Pinnock was recorded on video being repeatedly punched while resisting arrest. District Attorney Jackie Lacey says the video did not show what led up to the struggle.
Pinnock could not be reached for comment.
“I think Jackie Lasey’s cowardice decision not to prosecute Daniel Andrew is disgusting, completely disgusting. And she needs to be investigated,” Pinnock’s attorney, Caree Harper, said.
Andrew resigned following the July 2014 incident, and the CHP paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit.
“There is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the force he used was unreasonable or excessive,” a 30-page report on the probe into the incident says.