Oakland Civil Rights Lawyer John Burris To Represent Woman Captured On Video Getting Beaten By CHP Officer

CBS San Francisco

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris has joined the legal team representing a woman who was repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer while she was pinned down on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

The incident was captured on video last Tuesday by a passing motorist and shared with a number of media outlets.

The woman, identified as 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, is seen on the video walking along the shoulder of Interstate 10 when a male CHP officer catches up to her, tosses her to the ground and punches her in the head and face as she is pinned down.

“Her rights were violated in the a most egregious way … appropriate legal action will be taken soon,”  Burris said in a press conference Sunday evening.

The CHP said it vows to carry out a thorough investigation of the incident. Pinnock was arrested and…

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