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3 California Deputies Charged in Televised Beating

September 01, 2015  | 

San Bernardino County, Calif., prosecutors have charged three deputies with assault by a peace officer in connection with the videotaped beating of a man who led them on a pursuit on horseback in the high desert in April, Dist. Atty. Mike Ramos said Tuesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The April 9 beating of Francis Jared Pusok led Sheriff John McMahon to put 10 deputies on administrative leave, saying the use of force appeared to be excessive.

The FBI also launched a civil rights investigation into the incident, which was caught on video by a TV news helicopter. The federal investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Tuesday morning.

In the recording by KNBC-TV Channel 4, Pusok appeared to be surrendering when one deputy kicked him in the groin area and another punched him in the head. Both deputies continued to kick and punch him and were later joined by additional deputies who pummeled him for about a minute before placing him in handcuffs.

Pusok was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises.

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kevCopAz @ 9/1/2015 5:51 PM

sad way to end a career, please lets remember what the line is, anger and revenge makes us all do things that if we stopped and thought about it first we would not do. This sir of the moment, excitement of the chase gets to all of us. Please if you see other officers "lose it" intercede for their own protection and for the reputation of all of us. Yes many criminal thugs deserve to be beaten but in this day and age its not up to us and besides everything is being filmed!

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/1/2015 6:26 PM

This situation that was caught on camera is pretty hard to defend against. I don't see any way out for them on this one.

plato's playdough @ 9/2/2015 12:54 AM

Much in the article.

plato's playdough @ 9/2/2015 12:56 AM

Per the referenced article:

Legal analysts were stunned by how quickly the county decided to pay Pusok. A spokesman for the Board of Supervisors said the deal was reached Friday, just eight days after the incident. Pusok’s attorneys had yet to even file a claim.

In the end, the decision may have been a political one for the county, Goldman said.

For Pusok, the deal may have made sense because juries are not always sympathetic to people who have a criminal history, Goldman said. “It may be the smart thing to settle quickly.”

Robert Cook @ 9/2/2015 1:33 PM

I think the trial is going to be a very bad situation for all are my thoughts (most might not be popular)
1. The indicted officers are going to offer some sort of resisting legal arrest defense. The problem with this defense, is it now erodes confidence in the system. If these 3 say the suspect was "resisting arrest"...does this erode the public's confidence in cases where there is actual resistance?
I really hope there is no audio on the officer's recording devices...because that will all come out at trial. It will look even worse if the officer is heard saying "stop resisting"...while the overhead video shows the guy getting beaten.
2. I think it is complete BS, that an officer accused of official misconduct, while on active duty, is still receiving a paycheck.
Name one private employer who would still pay my salary, after a theft or assault arrest while at work!!
I hope they are offered a plea deal..and this goes away, to cut the taxpayers losses!!

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