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According to our news source, Marlene Pinnock has three prior convictions between 2004 and 2013, including lewd conduct, simple battery, and assault with a deadly weapon, police and court officials confirmed.
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The California Highway Patrol took to Facebook on Monday and asked for patience hours after civil rights activists gathered at the Los Angeles CHP office to demand answers about an officer's caught-on-camera confrontation with a woman on a Southern California freeway.
The video surfaced last week on YouTube after a witness posted cellphone footage he captured of the July 1 incident. The CHP officer can be seen straddling a woman on the ground and repeatedly hitting her in the face as commuters drive by on the 10 Freeway west of downtown LA.
"We want to find out whether she was charged or not. Number two, what are the policies and procedures?" said activist Najee Ali of the Project Islamic Hope. "Because to us, the officer wasn't trying to make an arrest. He was beating her excessively, so we want to find out why that happened."
CHP Deputy Commissioner Ramona Prieto met the activists outside the office.
"This just happened, and the questions that you are asking are the questions that I want answers to," Prieto told the group.
The CHP also addressed concerns and asked for patience in a message posted on its Facebook page Monday afternoon.
"We understand everyone’s concerns regarding the YouTube video of a CHP Officer from the Central Los Angeles Area," the post stated.
"Please know that a complete and thorough investigation is underway to obtain all of the facts and evidence surrounding the incident. The CHP has a long history as a professional and respected law enforcement organization. We ask for your patience as we complete the detailed investigation process."
The woman in the video, identified as Marlene Pinnock, was held on a 72-hour involuntary mental health evaluation after the incident.
Pinnock has three prior convictions between 2004 and 2013, including lewd conduct, simple battery, and assault with a deadly weapon, police and court officials confirmed to the NBC4 I-Team. As of Monday, she has not been charged in the caught-on-video incident.
Pinnock's daughter and attorneys said she was injured with bruises on her upper body and "lumps the size of plums" after the incident, while the CHP said she was not hurt.
"Today was the first day I was finally able to see her and talk to her," Pinnock's daughter Maisha Allum said at a press conference Monday. "And I just thank God that she's alive."
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