The woman punched by a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this month along the 10 Freeway has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officer and head of the agency, her attorneys announced Thursday.
"The punches, the brutality, the viciousness of the attack itself are all violations of her 4th Amendment rights to be free from excessive force," attorney John Burris told reporters Thursday.
Officer Kerri Rivas, a spokeswoman for the CHP, said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.
The video sparked outrage from civil rights activists, politicians and the
The CHP has said the officer was trying to keep Pinnock from walking into rush-hour traffic and hurting herself or others. A CHP incident summary said that when the officer arrived, she ignored his commands and instead walked into the freeway's lanes. She then became “physically combative,” the report said, and “a physical altercation ensured.”
The officer involved has been removed from the field and assigned to an administrative job, the agency said.
Pinnock's attorneys said Thursday she was continuing to recover from her injuries.
"The whole story in many ways is irrelevant," Burris said. "If in fact there was a failure to obey for some reason or not, none of that would justify the level of force that was used."
Farrow told reporters earlier this month he was "deeply concerned" by the video, which he said had "wounded" his agency.
"We have a significant issue on our hands that we have to deal with," Farrow said. "And we are going to deal with that."
A spokeswoman for Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center confirmed that the CHP served a search warrant there Tuesday for Pinnock's medical records. The hospital declined to comment further.