On July 1, Marlene Pinnock was videotaped being assaulted by a California Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 10 near La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles.
On Sunday, Pinnock spoke publicly for the first time about the incident, telling the Associated Press, "He grabbed me, he threw me down, he started beating me, he beat me. I felt like he was trying to kill me, beat me to death."
Pinnock told BuzzFeed over the phone that she wants CHP Officer Daniel L. Andrew to "lose his job and go to jail."
When questioned about the officer's relative inexperience, Pinnock's lawyer Caree Harper told BuzzFeed, "Whether [it's] one year or 10 years on the job, there's something called humanity and respect for human life..."
Edgar Figueroa, Public Information Officer from the California Highway Patrol, told BuzzFeed that people in the department are "aware of the interview that Pinnock did but have no comment because of the pending investigation."
Figueroa told Buzzfeed, "Daniel [Andrew], the officer in question, is currently assigned to desk duty pending the investigation."
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