After a two and a half hour chase, ten sheriff deputies from Southern California must have been overwrought and extremely irritated by a man who was fleeing on the back of a horse. A video camera caught the moments after the chase, when the sheriff deputies started to beat the man by punching and kicking him.
The ten sheriff deputies caught beating a man have been suspended and are now under an internal investigation. According to John McMahon, County Sheriff of San Bernadino, the video showed an exaggerated, not needed, disturbing use of force and violence by several of the ten sheriff deputies.
Francis Pusok, 30 years old, was the victim of the severe beating and also the subject of an investigation concerned with an identity theft. He has been arrested on Thursday, but only after the deputies who chased him applied a violent unnecessary treatment to Pusok. It seems like Francis Pusok was running from the deputies, first by car, then on the back of a horse, that he rode for miles, while the sheriff deputies followed him on foot.
After the men of the law reached and caught Pusok, who was wearing red clothes when he fell off the stolen horse, they have immobilized him, after an inefficient Taser shot. Some put him on the ground face down, others put his hands behind his back and spread his legs. One deputy kicked him in the head, than he punched Pusok, and another kicked him in the crotch. The whole scene was filmed by a KNBC-TV helicopter.
Investigations have already started to determine exactly how the events unfolded and if the deputies` actions overcame the law. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that they have started an investigation to analyze the civil rights aspect of the matter.
McMahon stated that he urged everyone to be patient, until the investigations are complete. He added that he is still troubled by the video footage and reiterated that such behavior is highly disapproved by the official policies. McMahon wanted to assure people who took interest in that case that immediate action would be taken against the sheriff deputies if the investigations` conclusion incriminated them.
Until then, the sheriff deputies have been sent on paid leave. Among the ten deputies who took part to the chase of Francis Pusok, there was a sergeant and a detective.
Threats began to arrive at the department, right after the broadcasting of the video footage.
“He remembers being beating, and he remembers that he wasn’t resisting, that he laid still, he complied immediately.“
attorney Sharon Brunner commented regarding the reaction of her client when confronted with the deputies.
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