(Los Angeles Times) – The California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped punching a woman on the 10 Freeway has been stripped of his duties and could face “potentially serious charges,” the agency announced Wednesday.
CHP officials said in a statement that they had forwarded to prosecutors the results of a criminal investigation into the “violent incident” between Officer Daniel Andrew and the woman, identified by her attorney as 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock. It was the first time the CHP has named the officer involved in the July 1 incident.
A CHP spokeswoman declined to say what charges Andrew could face, saying the decision to file charges was up to prosecutors. Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, confirmed that the office had received information on the case and said it was under review.
The incident attracted widespread attention after a video of the encounter — shot by a passing motorist — was posted to YouTube and aired on several television news stations. Local civil rights activists called on the CHP to take the matter seriously and conduct a thorough investigation into the officer’s actions. Others demanded that criminal charges be filed against the officer.