Texas Cop Sentenced To Community Service After Permanently Blinding Woman With Pepper Spray 6 Years Earlier
Former Beaumont, Texas police officer Enoch “Jeremy” Clark used pepper spray on motorist Monique Hernandez during a drunk driving arrest in February 2012 that left her blind (video below).
Prosecutors said Clark became “annoyed” when Hernandez resisted his attempts to handcuff her, and so Clark fired a JPX pepper-spray gun about 10 inches from the Hernandez’s face, notes The Press-Enterprise.
The pepper-spray gun, which has a muzzle velocity of 400 mph, reportedly sliced her right eyeball in half, fractured her right orbital bone, and severed the optic nerve in her left eye.
Prosecutors said Hernandez had done nothing to justify the use of the gunpowder-powered device at close range.
In 2014, jurors were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting Clark for using excessive force against Hernandez, and a mistrial was declared, reported KCBS.
A second trial was ended after six days in 2017 over an unspecified issue related to evidence shared between both the prosecution and the defense.
Clark pleaded guilty in August 2018 to one misdemeanor count of assault by a public officer, while a felony use-of-force charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement, reports The Press-Enterprise.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy sentenced Clark on Aug. 28 to 1,440 hours of community service.
Hernandez and her family filed a civil suit after the incident and settled the case for $18.5 million in 2014.