Maisha Allums, Caree Harper

Maisha Allums, left, daughter of Marlene Pinnock, the woman punched by a California Highway patrolman, stands with her attorney Caree Harper before a news conference outside court in Los Angeles Thursday, July 17, 2014. A civil rights lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court on behalf of Pinnock, a homeless woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of a homeless woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway.

The suit was filed Thursday by Caree Harper, attorney for 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, against the commissioner of the CHP, the unidentified officer in the July 1 video and other officers.

The lawsuit claims excessive force and seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial.

The CHP has said the woman was walking on Interstate 10, endangering herself and motorists, and the officer was trying to restrain her. The agency has, however, pledged a rapid investigation.

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