Woman punched by CHP officer settles; officer to resign

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A $1.5 million settlement was reached Wednesday in the case of a homeless woman who was beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of the 10 Freeway. The officer also agreed to resign.

The video-taped beating went viral, causing controversy and outrage.

On July 1, Marlene Pinnock was walking barefoot on the 10 freeway near La Brea. A CHP officer later identified as Daniel Andrew tackled her to the ground, and began punching her in the head.

A passing driver caught it on his cellphone camera, and the video went viral.

In an interview with Eyewitness News, Pinnock explained how shocking and painful it was.

"It was hard bangs, like he was just trying to beat me to death, like he was just trying to kill me," she said. "He was just socking me. Just beating me."

Pinnock sued the CHP. Commissioner Joe Farrow on Wednesday confirmed Andrew has agreed to resign.

The settlement was agreed to after a nine-hour mediation session Wednesday. Andrew could still face criminal charges.

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