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Curtis Skinner
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:33am EDT

(Reuters) – A woman who was repeatedly punched in the head by a California Highway Patrol officer has settled her lawsuit for $1.5 million, police said on Wednesday, and the money will be used for her long-term care.

Marlene Pinnock says the blows left her with slurred speech.

A Highway Patrol officer, who appears to be white, spotted 51-year-old Pinnock, who is black, walking shoeless along the shoulder of the freeway and stepping into traffic lanes near downtown Los Angeles, Highway Patrol said at the time.

The officer told her to stop and when he approached her, she became combative and he arrested her, Highway Patrol said.

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