This video sparked outrage on the internet and in California, but what happened afterward should be equally shocking.
According to Mecury News, “California Highway Patrol investigators have seized the medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of its officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.” The article goes on to explain that Marlene Pinnock’s attorney, Caree Harper, “said the CHP took files that included statements to her doctor about how she was feeling and references to her attorney.”
To some, this may not seem like an issue, but it most certainly is. There is such a thing as attorney/client privilege, as well as doctor/patient confidentiality. The CHP is phishing for information so that they can charge her with something, because apparently, what she was doing the day of her beating, wasn’t illegal enough. Now, realizing they are going to be sued, they wish to proactively charge Pinnock with something else. (This is speculation on my part, but I fail to see any other logical reasoning behind the seizure)
My response to that is this: if you didn’t have a reason to arrest the woman, then the officer was clearly in the wrong and should be fired.
If CHP requires information from the woman’s doctor and attorney in order to file charges, then it proves their guilt and Pinnock’s innocence. This is just another sad display regarding the rights we have as Americans. The government can and will do anything they want, whenever they want, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
Apparently, Ms. Pinnock was in the hospital for quite some time and now suffers from a speech impediment and possible brain injuries. And for what? So that a macho-man can keep a woman from walking down the freeway? I don’t think anyone is going to say it’s “okay” for people to walk along a busy freeway, but can we justify such brutality because of that? It sounds to me like the officer was having a horrible day and decided to take it out on someone because she irritated him.