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: