The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that one of its officers faces “potentially serious charges” for repeatedly punching a woman in the head along the 10 Freeway in July, an incident that was caught on video and posted to YouTube, causing widespread outrage.
In addition to turning its criminal investigation over to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for review, the CHP also said that the officer, Daniel Andrew, had been moved from desk duty to administrative time off.
An internal investigation into the matter remains ongoing.
Andrew was captured on video stopping 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock — who was walking on the side of the 10 Freeway at the La Brea Avenue exit on July 1 — then taking her to the ground, straddling her while she was on her back and punching her repeatedly in the head.
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