CHP Assistant Chief Chris O'Quinn on the Front Page on KJLH Friday, July 18 in Inglewood, Calif.

CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn on the Front Page on KJLH Friday, July 18 in Inglewood, Calif.


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In a live interview today on KJLH-FM’s Front Page, California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn spoke with host Dominique DiPrima about the agency’s investigative process, the use of search warrants, seizing medical records, and the use of force.  The interview was in direct response to the now national controversy involving the recorded video of the July 1 beating of 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock by a still unnamed California Highway Patrol Officer in Los Angeles.  The interview comes one day after the announcement of a civil rights violation lawsuit against the agency.

A few of my favorite quotes…

1. On the issue of search warrants and the seizure of medical records

“The D.A. requires us–requires us in our investigation to determine the degree of injury to substantiate that felony charge.  Because that’s what—that injury determines whether it moves from a misdemeanor to a felony.  So in the normal course of an investigation we have to procure the degree of injuries from the medical facilities for the people involved in order to establish whether it’s a misdemeanor violation or a felony violation for anybody who’s involved.”

“A judge approves that search warrant and it usually comes with a seal on it that once we receive that information and it’s returned to the court it is immediately sealed.  So that information only becomes apparent to those who need to see it to make that determination on the level of prosecution.”

2. On the issue of transparency

“We can’t discuss everything that we know and we can’t articulate everything that we’re doing per se other than explain the process.”

3.  On the issue of justification for the type of force used on Marlene Pinnock.

“An officer is permitted to use the force that is necessary to overcome resistance.  It’s doesn’t say equal force.  It says to overcome the resistance that they’re experiencing.  Now that’s what they’re trained to do.  It’s not we’re supposed to use the same amount as the person that we’re involved in is using.  It says use the amount of force that’s necessary to overcome that resistance.  So to say it’s outside of policy or within policy is not my purview.  I’m not the use of force expert.”