Civil Rights Lawyer Hired to Defend Woman Beaten by Officer

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris will represent the woman tackled and punched repeatedly on camera by a California Highway Patrol officer while pinned down on the side of a Los Angeles highway, according to KPIX.

The incident, which was captured on video by a passer-by, occurred last Tuesday when a male CHP officer has said he saw 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock walking along Interstate 10. That’s when the patrolman allegedly caught up with her, and an altercation ensued.

“Her rights were violated in the a most egregious way … appropriate legal action will be taken soon,”  Burris said in a Sunday press conference.

Burris is known for briefly representing Rodney King and filing the suit in the Oscar Grant shooting.

According to CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn, the officer, who’s name has been concealed, was attempting to keep the woman from endangering herself and others.

While the officer is on administrative leave during the investigation, the victim’s family wants to make sure authorities are penalized for “beating a great-grandmother in broad daylight.”

As for Pinnock, she was arrested that day and put on a 72-hour mental health hold. She is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.