05/18/2012

Calif. cop on leave pending pepper spray outcome

Beaumont police Officer Enoch Clark told investigators that he was retreating three feet away from an argumentative woman who may have been driving drunk

By John Asbury
The Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A Beaumont police officer said he feared for his life when he shot a woman in the face with a high-powered pepper spray gun in February, according to Riverside County grand jury transcripts released this week.

Beaumont police Officer Enoch Clark told investigators that he was retreating three feet away from an argumentative woman who may have been driving drunk, despite a dashcam video that shows him shooting pepper spray in her eyes from less than a foot away, the transcripts say.

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