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VIDEO: Two Years Later, Trial Yet to Start for Former Beaumont Officer Accused of Blinding Woman

Enoch Clark is accused of blinding a Beaumont woman during a DUI enforcement stop in February 2012.

Former Beaumont Police Officer Enoch Clark appears in a Riverside courtroom in 2012.  Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Former Beaumont Police Officer Enoch Clark appears in a Riverside courtroom in 2012. Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
The trial has again been delayed for a former Beaumont Police Officer accused of blinding a local woman, Banning-Beaumont Patch has learned.  This week marks the two year anniversary in the case.

Lawyers for Enoch Clark, who was employed with BPD until shortly after the incident, requested the trial be continued on Tuesday, according to Riverside County District Attorney Spokesman John Hall.   Hall tells Banning-Beaumont Patch the case is now set for April 21.

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.

Watch the above video for more on the case background from PBS, and read the following links for previous Banning-Beaumont Patch coverage: 


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