GRAPHIC VIDEO: LAPD Officer Seen on Video Beating Boyle Heights Suspect to be Arraigned

Ameera Butt
June 11, 2020 - 4:07 pm

A Los Angeles police officer who was seen on cell- phone video beating a trespassing suspect in Boyle Heights is set to be arraigned today on a felony charge of assault under color of authority. 

Officer Frank Hernandez, 49, is set to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom in connection with the charge.

Hernandez was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division and released less than an hour later on his own recognizance, jail records show.

“This is a disturbing case of the illegal use of force at the hands of a police officer,” a press release from District Attorney Lacey reads. “In this case, we believe the force was neither legally necessary nor reasonable.”

The incident took place on April 27 when Hernandez and his partner responded to a trespasser call in a vacant lot. 

"During a confrontation between police and the victim, Hernandez is accused of illegally punching the unarmed man more than a dozen times in the head, neck and body," the press release reads. 


Hernandez was charged with one felony count of assault under color of authority. Hernandez has been assigned home.

If convicted, Hernandez faces a possible maximum sentence of three years in county jail.

On Twitter, LAPD stated, "The LAPD continues to fully cooperate with the District Attorney’s office, regarding the Felony Assault Under the Color of Authority charges against Frank Hernandez."

CNS contributed to this story.