Attorneys Threatens Lawsuit in CHP Freeway Beating

Marlene Pinnock, 51, who was shown on video being beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer after she was found walking on the side of the 10 Freeway

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    Community leaders are calling for a federal civil rights investigation over the CHP takedown that was caught on video. The woman's attorney says the officer "started writing the lawsuit" with the first blow. Michelle Valles reports from Willowbrook for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014. (Published Thursday, Jul 10, 2014)

    An attorney threatened a lawsuit Thursday in the case of Marlene Pinnock, 51, who was shown on cellphone footage being punched by a California Highway Patrol officer after she was found walking on the side of the 10 Freeway.

    "The officer started writing the lawsuit the minute his fist started hitting Ms. Marlene," said Caree Harper, surrounded by Pinnock's family, during a news conference Thursday morning outside the headquarters of the Los Angeles Sentinel, an African-American-owned newspaper. "The lawsuit is only a matter of time, you can be certain of that."

    Family and Attorneys Call for Charges in CHP Officer Freeway Confrontation

    [LA] Family and Attorneys Call for Charges in CHP Officer Freeway Confrontation
    Attorneys and family members called for criminal charges at a press conference in the case of Marlene Pincock, 51, who was shown on video being struck by a California Highway Patrol officer after she was found walking on the side of the 10 Freeway. Toni Guinyard reports for NBC4 on Thursday July 10, 2014. (Published Thursday, Jul 10, 2014)

    Pinnock's family and civil rights leaders called for an independent investigation  into the July 1 incident that was caught on a cellphone camera.

    This move comes on the heels of the letter sent by Congresswoman Karen Bass, D-California, to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting a federal investigation into whether the officer violated Pinnock’s constitutional "right to protection from police brutality."

    Pinnock's family and attorney said she suffered severe injuries in the attack, however, the CHP said the woman was not hurt in the incident.

    The CHP has confirmed the officer has been placed on desk duty, but has not released his identity.

    On Tuesday, the commissioner of the California Highway Patrol called the CHP a "wounded" organization in the midst of public outrage over the video.

    "I feel it. We're wounded," CHP commissioner Joseph Farrow said. "We have lost a considerable amount of trust from members of the community down here, and my job is to try to regain that trust."

    Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Pinnock's name.