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Cheap Video Technology Is Putting a Price Tag on Police Brutality

Posted on September 25, 2014

A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow confirmed the settlement in an emailed statement and an attorney for Marlene Pinnock confirmed the dollar amount. . . .

Wednesday’s agreement came after a nine-hour mediation session in Los Angeles.

“When this incident occurred, I promised that I would look into it and vowed a swift resolution,” Farrow’s statement said. “Today, we have worked constructively to reach a settlement agreement that is satisfactory to all parties involved.”

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7 thoughts on “Cheap Video Technology Is Putting a Price Tag on Police Brutality

  1. agreed to resign ? why wasn't this savage abuser of steroids sent to prison ?

  2. Phillip the Bruce says:

    "qualified immunity"

  3. Doesn't mean anything. That cop will move states and get rehired into the same position again.

  4. The awards always come from not from the perp, but the most victimized group in the country: the taxpayers. Once again the system protects & shields its own.

  5. Anonymous Coward says:

    Why should the taxpayer be punished?

    Take away everything that cop has: his house, his car, all his posessions, his pension, his social security payments, etc. Take even the shirt off his back; leave him naked and broke. Furthermore, attach any future wages. Use those funds to pay restitution to the victim.

    Punish the guilty cop — not the innocent citizens!!

  6. used to be a liberal says:

    A few people on here have said why punish the tax payer, the tax payer gets punished. Lets look at this. We the people are supposed to be the government. We pay tax dollars to ourselves, we have elected representatives that are supposed to use those tax dollars in our best interests, remember I said supposed to, I didn't say that they do. Incidents like this one happen far too often, police often attempt to cover it up. Media reports, sometimes turns an incident into a circus, our elected representatives, who are supposed to be working in our best interest, do nothing or next to nothing, so then the responsibility falls back onto the people, us, who are the government, but then we are essentially told to shut-up and go away. Protesting really doesn't work, the ballot box depending on the election cycle may take too long, and then do we really see a difference. So for recourse/justice it falls to the individual[s] to take action, via the courts. Yes that means lawsuits. Court awarded or out of court settlements. Ideally the compensation that is awarded should come directly out of that departments budget, but often it doesn't, in some cases insurance companies are on the hook for this sort of thing, but that is few. So what do these lawsuits accomplish, well 1 per year, not so much, but try 10 or 20 on the same department, and then your going to get action and change, and for that reason I would advocate more private surveillance equipment for the individual to use for him or herself to either prosecute, or defend against abuse of authority at any level. By taking away their tax dollars, our dollars, from them, via lawsuits, and yes victims do benefit for a change, and some in a big way, and rightly so, then these representatives will be forced to change. So the bottom line is your tax dollars are at work, one way or another.

  7. used to be a liberal says:

    By the way just to add to what I wrote, if these departments are hit in the wallet often enough, then employee lay-offs become a possibility, with that threat the other employees will take care of the bad apples when their jobs are at risk. Also, there could be lack of funds for new equipment etc.. However, if the elected representatives run to the Federal Government for funding, or{ don't dare raise taxes because they know the public backlash would sink them} instead of taking care of the problems, then you know where you stand.