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Beaumont Police Officer Accused of Blinding Woman Again Delays Trial

Enoch Clark, who no longer works for the police department, was in court this week as the legal process continues in the case of a woman who was allegedly blinded at his hand while he was on duty last year.

A former Beaumont police officer accused of blinding a local woman during a DUI stop last year appeared in court this week to again delay a trial-setting conference.

A "trial readiness conference" for the man was delayed for at least the seventh time on Monday, according to court records.

Clark did appear in a Riverside courtroom for the brief proceeding, according to District Attorney Spokesman John Hall.  Clark's defense requested the continuance, and the next conference was scheduled for April 19.

Hall tells Banning-Beaumont Patch that these delays are not uncommon as a case makes its way through the judicial system.

"They can continue as long as either side, or both sides in some cases, feels they need more time and until the judge decides there have been enough continuances and sets a trial date," Hall explained.

In past court appearances, Clark's attorney - Kasey A. Castillo, from a firm that solely represents law enforcement officers - has requested more time to go over Grand Jury transcripts and evidence.

Prosecutors contend that Monique Hernandez was blinded following a DUI stop on Feb. 21, 2012 in which a high-powered pepper spray device was used on her eyes.

On April 26, 2012 Clark was arraigned on four counts: assault under the color or authority, assault with a less lethal weapon, use of force causing serious bodily injury, and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. There is also an enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.

Clark has not been an employee with the city of Beaumont since July 2, 2012, according to city spokeswoman Darci Mulvihill.

Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. March 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Send that criminal to prison where he can think about how he ruined this girls life. He was employed to protect and serve, NOT seek and destroy! Send him to the gas Chambers!
Inside Informer March 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Is there any more information regarding Clark's separation from Beaumont P.D.?
Renee Schiavone (Editor) March 20, 2013 at 02:09 AM
@Inside Informer-- I am working on getting what I can, however, due to personnel and HR issues, often times the information that can be released to the public is limited. I will keep you updated.
beaumontdave March 20, 2013 at 03:03 AM
We don't kill people for mistakes, how criminal the mistake was is yet to be decided. It's a sad story all around, but destroying him won't make her whole, nothing will. People have found meaning and purpose while coping with and overcoming such a handicap, hopefully she can find that kind of drive and life.
JT March 20, 2013 at 03:10 AM
have to say if she never ran from him in the first place, this would of never happened...Never run from the police.
Washy March 20, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Ummm get your story straight. She didn't run from him. He followed her to her house then hit her with the lights. If he had followed his paid training (and he was paid well for the days of OT training on that JPX and had followed proper procedure (which he signed saying he understands how a JPX is NOT to be used) and kept his cool this never would have happened....JT never blame the victim!
Washy March 20, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Dave I can assure you she is moving forward in her life. But, I would agree the officer made a mistake, if he hadn't pointed the JPX at her, put it down then picked it up again. Also he signed stating he was aware how the JPX was not to be used. Cops can't just "make mistakes" that are so life altering and walk free. It was a conscience decision to use this gun in an improper way
Watever March 20, 2013 at 05:00 AM
I say execute both parties
JT March 20, 2013 at 05:31 AM
I feel the majority of the blame should always be on the first wrong...Driving after drinking was the first wrong. the officer should not have his life destroyed... she was just lucky she didnt kill someone innocent family while she was driving drunk..what ever his penalty is so be it but she is not a innocent victim she was a drunk driver...
Angelwings March 20, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Hernandez was brought into the situation because her sister and the father of her sisters child started a physical altercation. (A man was in a physical altercation with her sister) according to the news, the mother of the man in the altercation called the police after the women and child left the scene. The police officer was waiting for Hernandez at her home. So at that point wouldn't it be one person's word against the other? Who could blame her for stepping in to protect her sister and niece, she deserves justice and sooner rather than later. This officer had the nerve to plead innocent. and by the way JT, for the record Ms. Hernandez, after having been handcuffed to the hospital bed for 45minutes while being treated for the severe injuries she received, was released with NO charges. The proof is in the pudding! The added insults are that the City of Beaumont taxpapers dollars are going to defend Officer Clark and the dollar numbers are completely insane, for such a case.
Washy March 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM
JT if you can prove she was drinking and driving we can talk....OH YOU can't? Because she wasn't. There was someone charged with filing a false police report in this situation can you guess who? Hmmmm JT? The person who called and said she was driving drunk with kids in the car!!!!!
Washy March 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Besides according to your theory if you do ANYTHING wrong to me first I can blind you! Soooo if we are at a four way stop and you take my turn...you did wrong first so anything I do to you is your fault YAY what kind of car do you drive? If we are on the freeway and you are speeding can I blind you (you did wrong first)
Libi Uremovic March 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM
'...Clark's attorney - Kasey A. Castillo, from a firm that solely represents law enforcement officers ........a high-powered pepper spray device was used....' i don't know that clark has the best representation... the high powered pepper spray should have never been purchased for a beat cop ... part of the blame needs to be pushed upstairs...this incident is a combination of a massive budget and a mentality that government officials in beaumont are above the law... his attorney is the 'cops attorney' ... representing police as a whole and not clark specifically... if clark's attorney is not willing to show that incident was perpetrated by the culture of beaumont then clark needs to get another attorney
Libi Uremovic March 20, 2013 at 01:40 PM
the city of beaumont also has a case on the general ledger - city v enoch clark - on 11/09/12 the city paid $2,444.62 to the law firms of lewis, brisbois, bisgaard, & smith llp.. the city is covering their tracks...this clark needs to do the same...
Libi Uremovic March 20, 2013 at 01:52 PM
the city keep individual accounts of lawsuits and assigns each an account number...monique hernandez's lawsuit against the city is '0030' ...city v clark is 0035... from 04/20/12 - 10/09/12 the city ran a 'pd claims' account '0011' ...$62,786 paid out in attorney fees ....
LLODOWN March 20, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Wow! Yeah why is he no longer a BP Officer??????? Did they turn there back on there guy?????
Ella Nichols March 20, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Their guy, not there guy. Not trying to be the spelling police, but when people see different names all making the same particular spelling mistake, it makes us wonder.
Angelwings March 20, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I hope that LLODOWN is being sarcastic. The Officer put the high powered pepper spray down, then after a few choice WORDS, something about his manhood, he picked it back up and used it and when he did so he probably let his "manhood" get the best of his judgement because he ...oh...I don't know...couldn't tell the difference between 5 feet and 18 inches...sounds like the "manhood-mentality". After all is said and done I wonder if he feels like a big man now. A real man would own his actions and accept the consequences!
Washy March 20, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Ha he wishes it was 18inches away it was point blank to the temple. There was burn on her face from the gun powder.......
Carol Stull March 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Banning PD has a job for Clark. Chief Purvis hires second chance cops and losers that other department won't hire. His administrative second in command has high powered credentials that got him a job even though he's on the DA's Brady list - can't even testify in court without his prior dishonesty that cost him his job being brought up.
Victor S Dominguez April 15, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Steve Turzo January 06, 2014 at 12:30 AM
i hope enoch's family falls victim to a grisly ....... a guy can dream.


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