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Woman punched by officer settles for $1.5 million

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Video captured by a passer-by shows a CHP officer repeatedly punching a woman alongside a higway. NBC LA photo Video captured by a passer-by shows a CHP officer repeatedly punching a woman alongside a higway. NBC LA photo
(NBC LA) - A woman who was punched by a California Highway Patrol officer settled a lawsuit for $1.5 million and the officer is now expected to resign, The Associated Press reported.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow confirmed the settlement in an emailed statement Wednesday night and an attorney for Marlene Pinnock confirmed the terms, according to the AP.

The settlement came after nine hours of mediation between the CHP and Pinnock's attorney in Los Angeles.

Pinnock's attorney Caree Harper says they wanted to make sure the 51-year-old Pinnock could have financial stability for the rest of her life given her "unique situation." Pinnock was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Harper also said they wanted to make sure that Officer Daniel Andrew would not be an officer any longer. Andrew joined the CHP in 2012.

The July 1 video of Andrew punching Pinnock by the side of a freeway was captured by a passing driver and spread widely on the internet and television.

"It's a great feeling to know that you brought justice to a lady who had no voice, who had no power, had no money, and no one cared about her, and I made the whole world care about her," said David Diaz, who shot the video of the July incident. "I hope everyone now pulls a camera out when they see injustice."

Civil rights leaders plan to hold a news conference Thursday morning announcing that they are not satisfied with Andrew's resignation, and that they want him criminally prosecuted.
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