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Article posted May 11 2012, 6:20 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: William Norman Grigg Print

Beaumont, California Woman Blinded for 'Contempt of Cop'

by William Norman Grigg

Thanks to police officer Enoch Clark, Beaumont, California resident Monique Hernandez will never see her ten-year-old daughter again.

On February 21, Clark conducted a traffic stop involving Hernandez, who was suspected of drunk driving. When Clark attempted to handcuff her, Hernandez resisted. The officer responded by using a JPX device -- a weapon that uses a gunpowder charge to fire a stream of pepper spray at roughly 400 miles an hour.

The JPX weapon is designed for use at a distance of 6 to 15 feet, and training presentations depict it being deployed against aggressive, armed assailants. Promotional literature for the JPX weapon -- which isn't categorized as a firearm, because it doesn't fire a projectile -- boasts of "devastating stopping power." The payload of weaponized OC spray is propelled over the prescribed distance at less than three one-hundredths of a second, making it "too fast to avoid.... The effect is immediate; there is no chance to resist."

Clark's attorney insists that the officer's attack was justified in order "to gain compliance and in defense of his person." The JPX is designed to incapacitate an aggressor at a distance. Clark -- who was armed and wearing body armor -- fired it into Hernandez's temple from a distance of roughly ten inches, blowing apart her right eye and leaving the left with severe, irreparable damage.

Anyone who had undergone rudimentary training with the JPX would understand that the weapon should not be fired directly into the head or face of a non-violent suspect. Clark's actions suggest that his intention was not to gain "compliance," but rather to inflict summary street punishment for "contempt of cop."

Hernandez was taken to the hospital and never charged. Following an investigation by the Riverside County Sherriff's office, a grand jury indicted Clark on four felony charges: Assault under color of authority, assault with a less lethal weapon, use of force causing severe bodily injury, and assault with force likely to cause severe bodily injury. Free on $50,000 bail, Clark faces up to 20 years in prison. At present, the officer -- who is chairman of the local police union -- was placed on administrative leave, which is to say that he was given a paid vacation.

Interestingly, the law firm representing Clark in his criminal trial is involving in a union lawsuit against Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coe, claiming that the chief retaliated against critics on in the department by denying them promotions, thereby leaving several positions vacant.

Tragically, the blinding of Monique Hernandez arose out of a domestic disturbance that led to a 911 call. Two officers responded to the call, one of whom reportedly witnessed the assault while speaking with Hernandez's family.

It should be remembered that any time someone calls for police "assistance," he's inviting the intervention of people who consider themselves licensed to inflict potentially lethal violence as punishment for non-compliance. It should be assumed that if the police get involved, somebody is going to be needlessly injured or killed.
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William Norman Grigg [send him mail] publishes the Pro Libertate blog and hosts the Pro Libertate radio program.





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Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 1:31 PM

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683 More scumbag PIGS being pieces of shit.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 1:41 PM

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17377 Wow, great journalistic integrity with that last sentence Mr. Grigg.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 1:50 PM

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143167 Horrible thing to happen, but the last sentence ruins the piece. Just because some Cops are dicks, doesn't mean you can condone vigilantism.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 1:54 PM

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17324 I don't think you understand what a vigilante is...
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 1:59 PM

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71195 Reddit hates gays
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:00 PM

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206116 another dumbshit drunk driver resisting arrest
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:02 PM

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69181 Fuck the police!
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:02 PM

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184247 He's justified to say it, as media always tells the story through the author's opinion and bias. Additionally, there are too many of these stories, and the frequency is becoming alarming. It is affects everyone in the country -even other officers - when these attacks by the people who are supposed to protect us use excessive violence on men, women and even children.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:19 PM

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86166 RETARDED FUCKING COP HAVE NO FUCKING EDUCATION OR ANY FORM OF INTELLIGENCE AND GO ATTACKING WOMEN WITH FUCKING PEPPER SPRAY I MEAN WHAT KIND OF RETARDED MOTHERFUCKER DOES THIS AT CLOSE RANGE, HE GETS 20 YEARS SHE LIVES HER WHOLE LIFE BLIND SEEMS LEGIT
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:32 PM

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12963 Whoever wrote this isnt qualified to be a journalist, that last sentence is way out of line. He probably wrote it just to get attention to the article, which is pretty pathetic. All that happens then is you get 5 seconds of fame and a reputation as a shit writer, congrats.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:33 PM

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116251 Someone's capslock key is broken.
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Posted: May 12 2012, 2:37 PM

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67255 "placed on administrative leave, which is to say that he was given a paid vacation."

That is in no way the same. He's placed on leave so he won't be walking the streets while on bail, and he's paid so he won't go off and be a temp for a private security firm.

"Vacation" implies that there's no punishment involved, while this action is designed to keep this asshole cop off the streets and away from people.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:43 PM

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86174 Holy fuck America, when are you going to sort yourself out? On another note:

>It should be remembered that any time someone calls for police "assistance," he's inviting the intervention of people who consider themselves licensed to inflict potentially lethal violence as punishment for non-compliance. It should be assumed that if the police get involved, somebody is going to be needlessly injured or killed.

Stupid sensationalist journalism. Making such over-sweeping generalisations like that just causes me to doubt your professional integrity.
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Posted: May 12 2012, 2:46 PM

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66209 Right...because being suspended from school was REALLY punishment too...

Cops that are "paid to stay away from people" have the good life. I would LOVE to be paid money to not do my job. That would be fucking prolific.

Unfortunately most workers don't have this option.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 2:57 PM

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7162 lol fat mexican woman tried to fight a cop. retard.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 3:03 PM

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99179 I don't know. It seems like a bit much for a police officer to do that. I mean, I think I would rather be shot in the leg than lose my sight.
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 3:05 PM

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99140 The next version of TV's Bully Beat down: Doughnut eaters vs MMA fighters
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 3:06 PM

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198228 How did she get pulled over for drunk driving if the initial call was for a domestic disturbance?
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 3:26 PM

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66220 "It should be remembered that any time someone calls for police "assistance," he's inviting the intervention of people who consider themselves licensed to inflict potentially lethal violence as punishment for non-compliance. It should be assumed that if the police get involved, somebody is going to be needlessly injured or killed."

Seriously?
Anonymous

Posted: May 12 2012, 3:34 PM

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998 yes, seriously
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