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Video: California Sheriff Investigating Deputies' Use of Force After Viewing Video of Desert Arrest

April 10, 2015  | 

VIDEO: California Sheriff Investigating Deputies' Use of Force After Viewing Video of Desert Arrest

The San Bernardino County Sheriff ordered an internal investigation Thursday into an arrest caught on an NBC Los Angeles' NewsChopper4 video that showed deputies beating a suspect when they caught up to him following a wild desert chase on horseback.

Aerial footage showed the man falling off the horse he was suspected of stealing during the pursuit in San Bernardino County Thursday afternoon.

He then appeared to be stunned with a Taser by a sheriff's deputy and fall to the ground with his arms outstretched. Two deputies immediately descended on him and appeared to punch him in the head and knee him in the groin, according to the footage, reviewed several times by NBC4.

The group surrounding the man grew to 11 sheriff's deputies.

In the two minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times, punched him 37 times and struck him with batons four times. Thirteen blows appeared to be to the head. The horse stood idly nearby.

The man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes. He did not appear to receive medical attention while deputies stood around him.

The man, identified as Francis Jared Pusok, 30, of Apple Valley, was hospitalized with unknown injuries, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that 10 deputies were placed on paid administrative leave.

Sheriff John McMahon announced the move to place the deputies -- including a sergeant and a detective -- on leave during a news conference Friday afternoon.

"I am disturbed and troubled by what I see," he said. "It does not appear to be in line with our policies and procedures."


Comments (10)

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eodk9trainer @ 4/11/2015 4:08 AM

Jesus people. What the hell were you thinking? I fully understand emotions run high but what were you freakin thinking? I was a street cop for 30 years so I know emotions can sometimes get the better of an officer but this many? I always try and find justification in cases like these but as of right now I just can't see it. Unlawful behavior by officers aside--does everyone forget that there are cameras everywhere nowadays? Come on people.

Eddie @ 4/11/2015 6:24 AM

Crap like this is what hurts law enforcement across the nation. I also have 30 plus years in with most of them on the road. No excuse for this at all. Any officer that took part needs to be terminated and prosecuted.

Captain Steve @ 4/11/2015 9:41 AM

Regardless of what preceded the arrest, the guy clearly submits to custody after the taser is used. On the ground, hands behind his back. A hundred good cops will die and be quickly forgotten. These guys and the cop in SC that shot the guy in the back just defined to the public what cops are about for a long time to come. Good luck getting it back. Breaks my heart after 35 years as a copper.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/11/2015 9:55 AM

I am all for waiting for the investigation to be completed, but this is so far out of line that I don't think there is any way it can be fixed. I see at least 10 deputies losing their jobs, criminal charges coming and a giant lawsuit for San Bernadino County. Unless something goofy happened with the camera there is no way to refute the evidence.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/11/2015 10:05 PM

No matter when, where, day or night always assume someone is taking a video of what you are doing and act accordingly. Most Officers are professional but everyone takes a hit when a few are really stupid.

dsklut @ 4/13/2015 6:29 AM

Civil and criminal liabilities have already been addressed by other commenters. In addition, who in their right mind would give up to the police if they knew they were going to take a beating for it?

tom @ 4/13/2015 8:17 AM

This is shameful, most of these deputies appear to act just like a mob or at least with a mob mentality. Not all that different from the mob in Ferguson, MO. Ironic isn't it ? As a law enforcement administrator, I know the difficulty in disipline of an officer. However, this should not be that difficult for Sheriff McMahon, the video shows the action by all of these deputies. For years I have talked to folks in my area about the increased professionalism in law enforcement, the young men and women who are trying to make a difference and care about their communities. When [email protected]#t like this happens, along with shooting fleeing suspects in the back, it gives fuel to the fire about the "bad" police. I am glad that I can retire soon, as I can't excuse this kind of behaviour or poor judgement in law enforcement.

flash @ 4/13/2015 9:16 AM

Cameras or no cameras we should be doing the right thing everytime simply because it is the right thing to do. No other motivation required!!

Pup @ 4/13/2015 9:55 AM

FYI, the department doesn't always need to pay out on civil suits. If the LEO are found at fault, the county can make them pay out on the law suit. Always think twice before doing something stupid.

Morgan @ 4/14/2015 10:41 PM

Just curious..It seems as though every post above feels equally the same about the what the officers actions were toward the man who fled on a horse and was captured. This man lived thank God! But what about the hundreds of black guys who didn't at the hands of police. Why does support seem so limited in response to incidents such as the case of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, etc.? We apparently live in a world that applauds the police who carry out deadly force against black men, but when the tables are turned, we are quick to say their wrong for how they treated the guy on the horse.? Human life is human life and no one should ever feel that a mistake such as running from the police would carry the end result of death. Or a brutal beating. I respect the law, but i have a hard time understanding why a difference is made when the color of ones skin factors in....

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