Mistrial in police pepper spray-blinding case

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Updated: 5/20 5:58 pm

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.

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