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August 18, 2022: LAPD Officer Pleads No Contest to On-Duty Assault of Man in Boyle Heights

Greg Risling, Assistant Chief
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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that Los Angeles police officer Frank Hernandez (dob 5/8/71) pleaded no contest today for an on-duty assault of a 28-year-old man two years ago.

“Wearing a badge does not give an officer the right to use unreasonable and excessive force. When this happens, it erodes trust in the community and can impact our collective safety,” District Attorney Gascón said. “My office will continue to hold officers accountable when they break the law.”

Hernandez entered his plea to one felony count of assault under color of authority in case BA487734. He was immediately sentenced to formal probation for two years, 80 hours of community service and one year of anger management classes.

On April 27, 2020, Hernandez and his partner responded to a call of a trespasser in a vacant lot in Boyle Heights. During a confrontation between police and the victim, Hernandez illegally punched the unarmed man more than a dozen times in the head, neck and body.