Family of Marlene Pinnock who was seen being beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer in a viral video stand with their attorneys and LA Sentinel Chairman, CEO and Publisher, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. at the Los Angeles Sentinel on July 10, 2014. Photo By: Nicole Williams
On Thursday July 10, family members, civil rights activists and community leaders met in front of the Los Angeles Sentinel building for a press conference regarding the brutal beating of Marlene Pinnock by CHP officer.
Nine days ago a video of the incident surfaced on social media and has since then gone viral. The family of Pinnock and community leaders in the African American community demand an independent investigation on her case.
The cell phone footage shows the white CHP officer tackling and straddling Pinnock to the ground, reenacting a typical MMA cage fighting style.
Owner of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and Los Angeles Watts Times Danny J. Bakewell Sr. said during the press conference that separate entities should look over CHP. “CHP officers should not be investigating this case dealing with their own. That’s not how it should be done. That’s like letting the fox guard the chicken coop.”
From left to right: Robert Allums Sr., Verona, Maisha Allums, Attorney Caree Harper, Civil Rights Attorney John Burris, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. Chairman, CEO and Publisher of The Los Angeles Sentinel. Photo By: Nicole Williams
Leaders believe the injustice of the attack did not end on the freeway. Pinnock’s daughter Maisha Allums was reportedly unable to find her mother due to the hospital allegedly putting Pinnock under a different name.
“It took no less than 20 hours to locate her [Pinnock] because they had her under a number of aliases,” said attorney for the family Caree Harper. “So her [Pinnock] daughter who was diligently searching for her could not find her under all these different aliases. They had her listed under a male name, under a numeric value and under a first name she has never gone by.”
The patients currently suffers from lumps on several areas of her head and shoulders from the brutal beating. Harper also mentioned the current medical condition of Pinnock during the conference.
“Some bruises can’t heal after you beat a woman like that because her daughter observed lumps to her mother's body. There are are lumps you can even move with your hand,” said Harper, “People want to know why was she on the freeway, well why did he [CHP] punch her so many times lets get that out first.”
After the press conference the family and the attorneys headed to the hospital to visit Pinnock. Her current mental state according to Harper is traumatic from the incident due to reliving that incident by watching the news multiple times in her hospital room.
The family will pursue a lawsuit regarding the incident. According to Harper the measures taken by the CHP officer wasn’t proper protocol under any circumstance. She knows this from experience because she graduated from the police academy.
“The officer starting writing off the lawsuit the minute his fist made contact with her face,” said Harper. “The lawsuit is only a matter of time you can be certain of that. You do not straddle someone especially if you are a male with testicles and I’m not saying this guy even has testicles. You are putting yourself in danger by straddling someone and exposing yourself.”