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Woman punched by CHP officer speaks publicly

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(CBS 8) - The woman who says she was punched repeatedly by a CHP officer is speaking publicly for the first time.

More than a month after she was repeatedly punched by a CHP officer in L.A., the victim says she is still getting treatment for her injuries.

A passing driver captured part of the incident on video, which has gone viral.

“He just pulled me - brutally threw me down - started beating me - trying to kill me - trying to beat me to death - trying to take my life away... For no reason - I did nothing to him,” Marlene Pinnock said.

Marlene Pinnock says she still has bruises, pain in her head and a tooth problem following this beating she took last July by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

“What's he doing that for?”

This is the first time Pinnock has seen the video captured by a passing motorist. She says what the tape doesn't show is the officer ripped her clothes exposing her buttocks.

“I couldn't believe that he just threw me down and started beating me - and treating me ugly - and making me feel nasty by exposing me,” Pinnock said.

The video also doesn't show what led up to the beating. The officer wrote in his report that Pinnock ignored his commands and walked into oncoming traffic.

And when CBS News tried to ask Pinnock what happened prior to the beating -- her attorney stepped in.

“We realize there's an 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,” Caree Harper said.

The officer has been assigned to desk duty while the CHP's investigation continues. Pinnock hopes he's fired and thanks the person who shot the video.

“The video footage helped to prove that what I'm saying is the truth and I am really grateful for that,” Pinnock said.

Pinnock has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officer. Her attorney hopes he'll also face criminal charges.

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