The police killings of unarmed Black men like Eric Garner, John Crawford, Mike Brown, Ezell Ford and others have been the focus of many outraged people around the world. It’s also important to remember that Black women also bear the brunt of police brutality and misconduct far too often. One of these unfortunate women was Marlene Pinnock, a homeless grandmother was beaten on the side of a California highway in broad daylight by California Highway Patrolman Daniel Andrew. Andrew straddled her and beat Pinnock like they were in an intense MMA match. After months, Pinnock and her lawyers have announced that she will be receiving a settlement of $1.5 million for the ordeal.
The settlement for Marlene Pinnock came after a nine hour mediation session on Wednesday. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement, “When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution. Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved.”
Like most of the other policemen involved in these incidents of excessive force, Andrew (who only joined the CHP in 2012) was placed on paid administrative leave instead of being charged and prosecuted for his transgressions. He has decided to resign from the force on his own. He is not out of the clear yet. Andrew still faces criminal charges depending on the CHP’s investigation in the Marlene Pinnock incident.