The LAPD Hollenbeck officer accused of assault in the violent beating of a Boyle Heights man caught on video earlier this year pleaded not guilty to a single count of assault during a brief appearance in court Thursday.

A news report by KTLA5 showed Frank Hernández, 49, standing next to his lawyer wearing a beige suit and a black face mask. The LAPD 23-year veteran remained silent while his lawyer entered his not guilty plea.

In a brief encounter with a Los Angeles Times reporter following the hearing, Hernández defended his tactics of punching the man, who appeared not to be resisting arrest, more than a dozen times in the head and upper body.

“No comment, but I was in fear of imminent danger and acted appropriately,” Hernández told the Times outside the courtroom before being pulled away from the reporter by attorney Nicole Castronovo.

Hernández was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault under color of authority.  L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher Baker said he would not be seeking bail due to an emergency order allowing a number of defendants to be released without bail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hernández remains free on his own recognizance.  He’s due back in court in July.





OUR COVERAGE OF THE FRANK HERNÁNDEZ CASE

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May 12, 2020 LAPD releases body worn video from officers involved in Boyle Heights beating

May 19, 2020Boyle Heights protesters demand firing of LAPD officer involved in beating

June 3, 2020 Boyle Heights protests against police brutality, racism

June 3, 2020 District Attorney gets Boyle Heights police beating case

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6 Responses

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    FTbadP!

    Bad cops like this twit get away with too much! Enough!! They know exactly what terms to use to get away with murder and crimes they commit intentionally! Enough!!

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      Flaca

      I agree
      Bad cops gives names to the good cops.
      Admit that what you did was wrong. Stop
      Making excuses to justify your actions.

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    tio

    everyone keeps saying there are good cop? then why don’t the good cops prevent and arrest the bad cops from brutalizing and killing us???
    because there are no good cops, the whole system that is in place is an occupation force,tio not a community police force.

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    Xarlie

    All of a sudden?
    Another move to gentrified bullsh*t. The East Side will always be a great place. However, these guys in tents and RVs are not what they appear to be.
    Do not fire this officer, the racist system is going to make an example out of him

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    Scott Manila

    This is why cops hate body cameras. It makes it more difficult for them to justify an unwarranted beating

    Reply

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