RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former police officer accused of blinding a woman by squirting pepper spray into her face during an arrest.
The Press-Enterprise reported Tuesday that a judge declared a mistrial in the case against former police officer Enoch Clark after jurors voted 10-2 for conviction.
Riverside County district attorney's spokesman John Hall says prosecutors are considering whether to seek a retrial.
Clark was charged with four felonies, including assault by a police officer, after allegedly firing pepper spray 10 inches from Monique Hernandez's face during a drunken driving arrest in 2012.
The weapon's cartridge suggests it be fired at least 5 feet away. Video shown at trial shows Clark struggling to handcuff Hernandez as he ordered her to stop resisting.©2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.