LOS ANGELES, Calif. - At her attorney's office in Los Angeles on Tuesday, 31-year-old Monique Hernandez, using a cane and needing the help of her daughter and the support of her parents, spoke at a news conference to talk about how her life changed on Feb. 21 this year.
That night, she lost her eyesight.
Beaumont police officer Enoch Clark allegedly blinded Hernandez when he fired a powerful pepper spray gun from close range at her face during a sobriety test in front of her parents home.
Hernandez was not arrested and now doctors tell her she is permanently blind.
"It's difficult," said Hernandez. "Like I have to learn everything all over again. From walking to showering, taking care of myself. It's not a good feeling."
Last week officer Clark pleaded not guilty to four felony assault charges.
Hernandez's attorney is planning to file a damage claim against the city of Beaumont.