Friday, September 26, 2014

Black woman filmed being pummelled by police wins $1.5 million payout

A black woman who was filmed being repeatedly beaten by a California Patrol (CHP) officer will receive $1.5 million in compensation.

The sum was agreed between lawyers acting for the woman, Marlene Pinnock, 51, and the patrol following nine hours of negotiations.

Mobile phone footage of the incident, which took place on July 1, caused widespread outrage.

The footage, which showed an officer straddling Ms Pinnock and raining a series of blows on her.

Ms Pinnock, who was suffering from bipolar disorder and homelessness, is reported to have been off her medication for two to three months at the time of the incident.

In a statement CHP said the officer, who has been on leave on leave since the incident, had resigned.

"When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement.

The incident was one of a series in which police in Los Angeles had faced allegations of using excessive force.

Earlier in the year David Cunningham, a black American judge, filed a $10 million claim after being handcuffed and bundled into a police car for not wearing a seatbelt.

Caree Harper, Ms Pinnock’s lawyer, welcomed the settlement.

"One of the things we wanted to make sure of was that she was provided for in a manner that accommodated her unique situation in life, and that the officer was not going to be an officer anymore."

Original report here



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