A woman who was punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway said she wants "justice done" and for the officers to be put behind bars.
Pinnock told The Times on Wednesday that she did nothing to provoke the officer. She said she was walking to a place to sleep that night when the officer came up behind her. Pinnock said that as she then screamed, the officer "pulled me back and threw me on the ground."
The officer "just started punching me and socking me and beating me," Pinnock said. "Blow after blow and blow after blow. He just wouldn't stop."
Pinnock was hospitalized after the incident and placed on a mental health hold. She said Wednesday that she was continuing to recover from injuries suffered as a result of the officer's punches. She displayed a lump on her upper right arm and scars from scratches on her back.
Pinnock's attorney, Caree Harper, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Pinnock against Andrew and CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, alleging that Andrew used excessive force.
An attorney representing Andrew in the lawsuit declined to comment on the criminal investigation.
The CHP said a separate internal investigation into the incident was ongoing and that the agency would "continue to cooperate" with the district attorney's office in the criminal inquiry.