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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marlene Pinnock says she thought she was going to die as a California Highway Patrol officer straddled her, repeatedly punching her head, on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

During an hourlong interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Pinnock spoke haltingly or in a whisper, occasionally putting her hands to her temples and grimacing.

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Her attorney Caree Harper frequently interrupted and limited responses. Harper says Pinnock was released from the hospital last week and slurs her speech because of the beating.

Harper has filed a civil rights lawsuit for the July 1 incident that was caught on now-viral video.

The CHP says she was endangering herself by walking on Interstate 10 and the officer was trying to restrain her. The agency has pledged a rapid investigation.

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