CHP "shifting" the blame in freeway confrontation: attorney

, Posted: Tue, July 15 2014 at 10:40 AM, Updated: Tue, July 15 2014 at 12:01 PM

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Calif. --- (NBC News) The attorney for a woman who was seen in cellphone video footage being punched by a California Highway Patrol officer believes that the CHP is trying to shift the blame.

CHP officials said they believe the video has exposed the need for better officer training in regard to mental health. Carree Harper, attorney for 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, believes that her client was a victim of police abuse, and that this is an issue of excessive force – not a sign the agency needs more special mental health training.

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