A recent video captured a California Highway Patrol officer beating a 51-year-old woman last week and has since gone viral, causing local community members and activists to rally together on Monday and demand answers. The demonstration took place at the California Highway Patrol’s Central Los Angeles station where various African-American community activist groups gathered to speak out against the beating of Marlene Pinnock, a great-grandmother who suffered severe injuries after a highway patrol officer forcefully tried to restrain her.
According to the CHP, the woman was walking barefoot on an interstate highway outside downtown Los Angeles when an officer approached and advised her to stop walking. Pinnock reportedly did not respond and as a result was arrested after she became “physically combative” — which then led to the intense altercation.
CHP Comissioner Joe Farrow met with local activists and spoke at a news conference Tuesday. He said he was shocked by the video and that an investigation is underway, which he hopes to complete within weeks and not the usual months.
The investigation will probe into what occurred in the video and try to determine what exactly prompted the officer to use force and how the altercation even began. Meanwhile, Pinnock remains hospitalized and is currently under a psychiatric hold, according to the Associated Press. She is reportedly covered in bruises and ice packs.