Woman beaten by patrol officer speaks

CALIFORNIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For the first time, we're hearing from the woman seen on camera being beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer.

"He's beating her up. Oh my god why?" said the person recording the video.

In July, a passing driver captured the scene along a Los Angeles freeway.

The highway patrol says 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock was wandering on the freeway when an officer tried to stop her. He claims she was being "combative" so he used excessive force.

During an interview, Pinnock explained what she went through, but was unable to answer what she was doing that led up to the incident.

"He just pulled me, brutally threw me down, started beating me, banging me. Trying to kill me, beat me to death, trying to take my life away. For no reason, I did nothing to him, I don't know why," said Marlene Pinnock.

"What were you doing before you were confronted by that officer?" she was asked.

"We realize there's interest in what she may or may not have been doing, but I'm going to instruct her not to answer that question at this time," said Pinnock's lawyer.

The officer involved is now on desk duty.

Pinnock has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officer.

Her lawyer also wants him to face criminal charges.