In early July, a video of Marlene Pinnock being struck repeatedly by a patrolman on the side of a Los Angeles Interstate stirred allegations of police brutally against the California Highway Patrol. Pinnock was reportedly walking in traffic on the freeway when a CHP officer responded to the scene. According to police, she resisted arrest, and a passing motorist filmed a portion of the ensuing altercation that left the woman in the hospital. The video subsequently went viral.

The Associated Press reports that there's a new development in the case: Investigators for the CHP have seized Pinnock's medical records with a search warrant. Her lawyer argues that this is a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality. "She suffered a traumatic head injury," attorney Caree Harper said, adding, "How can you give away files about someone injured ... to the very people who beat her?"

According to Pinnock's attorney, the warrant requests "property or things that are evidence that tend to show that a felony has been committed or tends to show that a particular person has committed a felony." The files allegedly include the woman's statements to her doctor about her condition.

Since serving the warrant, Pinnock's attorney has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the CHP for the alleged assault seeking monetary damages. The police are reportedly conducting their own internal investigation into the incident. Scroll down to watch a CBS Evening News report about the initial video that started the controversy.


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      evilleo22
      • 5 Months Ago
      yeah riiiight. So we have a small black woman walking and even if she was resisting arrest by walking away, gives this "cop" no right to repeatedly punch her. Take her down, and subdue her fine. But punching her several times. Hes twice her size. F!!CK that. He definitely needs a permanent vacation from the force.
        Michael
        • 4 Months Ago
        @evilleo22
        Permanent vacation, no, he deserves to be behind bars.
      Big Squid
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why does nobody know this officer's name? If he is a public servant performing public duties on a public road on behalf of the public, then his identity should not be a secret.
      Ducman69
      • 5 Months Ago
      I sure hope we don't end up with another Trayvon Martin case where we are provided a completely distorted one sided bit of information to create outrage, and then don't find out the full facts about the circumstances until much later... at which point so many people have invested themselves and entrenched in their position, that we can't really accept that suddenly its not a black and white case at all... which speaking of, they are surely going to try and make this out to be a race thing. I also hope Obama, who won't take time to comment on what actions the US is taking with the Ukrainian and Russian governments regarding the deaths of hundreds on the Malaysian flight, isn't going to chime in about how "that could have been my grandma". Cliffs Notes: Why is the video edited? Had they been fighting for quite some time? Was the officer ever pushed into traffic or something during a struggle that could get his adrenaline pumping? Where's the whole story?
      Bernard
      • 4 Months Ago
      The only real question here is how many times he's done this before when no one was watching. He is a disgrace to the uniform and should be fired ASAP.
      Tim
      • 4 Months Ago
      So if I'm understanding this correctly, the people investigating the officer asked for a copy of the medical records to use in the investigation. They required a warrant to obtain those records legally, and so they went out and got one. What's the issue, again?
        SublimeKnight
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Tim
        I think the problem is that you can't violate someone's civil rights who isn't under investigation for a crime. What I don't get is why she wouldn't volunteer the records to make a case against the officer, but still they shouldn't be able to invade her privacy to make a case against someone else.
      Anthony Stark
      • 4 Months Ago
      I don't care what that woman did, she's a WOMAN AND A GRANDMOTHER. this is just pathetic and disgusting to watch. I'm so sick of seeing these in the news. Why can't we fight back? We live in fear of the ones WE FUND for our protection. I hope this pig loses his job and is sentenced to jail time And the same ruthless, merciless beating he put on that poor woman.
      m3laszlo
      • 4 Months Ago
      That is automatically considered "tampering with evidence" and is a felony. The warrant requestor and document recipient can be charged with felonies. Why didn't she have a personal firearm to protect herself from forcible felony? Oh yeah because California.
        KaptnKauto
        • 4 Months Ago
        @m3laszlo
        I'm sure if she had a fire arm she would have been shot and killed.
          rl
          • 4 Months Ago
          @KaptnKauto
          he was actually trying to knock her out so he could plant it on her...too soon?
      tegdesign
      • 5 Months Ago
      Autoblog? As in Automobiles?? Where are you Autoblog?
      PheelACCD
      • 5 Months Ago
      Can't believe people just sat in their cars and watched/filmed without intervening. He is punching her hard. I agree with gslippy, he should have used a Taser, at worst.
      CV
      • 4 Months Ago
      Everyday in Los Angeles a video surfaces of this exact thing. Every week there is an unexplained officer shooting leading to a citizen's death, every month a lawsuit is settled with millions of dollars in taxpayers money being paid out to victims of the Los Angeles Police Department. The only saving grace is the fact that people are armed with their cell phone camera's. Would anyone care if no one had recorded this brutality? People of color have always had to fear the police, but the truth is, the police only respect one color and that's BLUE! Everyone in Los Angeles lives in fear of the police! In LA there is a criminal police culture that starts at the academy. From there the officers first real world training takes place at the "Twin Towers" LA County Jail. These officers first encounter the worst of the worst criminals in our society, then they are put into service on the streets where they see EVERYONE as a criminal. This is a backwards horrible way to train our officers. These officers can't see the difference between a hard core triple felon gang banger or my wife! To them, we are all the same and they treat us all the same! Men, women, boys, girls, they don't care. "The officers were only following their training". Sorry, that's not good enough! Right now in Bakersfield, California the Sheriff of Kern county, Sheriff Donny Youngblood is also the CORONER! His deputies are beating and killing citizens, filing report after report that say "They were on drugs and resisting arrest" and the Sheriff / Coroner signs off on the death certificate ! ! ! Is anyone stopping this? Does anyone think this is a conflict of interest? The problem is, the criminal culture is past down from shift to shift, generation to generation. Bakersfield was found guilty by the FBI in the late 1990's early 2000's for police brutality. They were giving out "The Baby Seal Award" to officers around the office. It was a funny little game, where if an officer BILLY CLUBBED a person in the head while on duty (a federal offence btw) then they would get to put a little stuffed animal of a seal on their desk until the next officer did it. Yes, they were hitting people in the head with a steel club, so they could get the prestigious award of a stuffed animal and the laughter behind the backs of the people they "Protect". As I move through my day, I am without a gun. I am without a bulletproof vest. I am without throngs of Back Up. I am without air support, I am without tear gas, I am without a taser gun, I am without others that will lie on my behalf to justify my illegal action. I am just a man, trying to get through my life. Truth be told, I don't need the "Police" to protect myself or my family from the bad guys. I can do that myself. The question is, how do I protect myself from the police?
      Biff Tannen
      • 4 Months Ago
      I hope the officer is OK.
      RobG
      • 4 Months Ago
      Whatever happens I hope they fire the bastard cop that beat her, and I hope she sues the piss out of the CHP too. It's high time cops started acting like public servants and not bullies.
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