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California Deputies Suspended in Alleged Horse Thief Beating

By    |   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 10:02 AM

Ten California deputies were suspended Friday after a video surfaced showing them brutally beating a man accused of stealing a horse.

According to KTLA, Francis Pusok, 30, posted bail on Sunday after being charged with felony evasion, theft of a horse, possession of stolen property. 

Just days before, on Thursday, Pusok led San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies on a wild, miles-long chase through the arid lowlands. He initially fled by car and then on foot before allegedly stealing a horse.

When the authorities finally caught him, they fired a taser and proceeded to beat him while he laid on the ground, kicking him in the head, crotch, and torso. All told, he was kicked roughly 17 times, punched 37 times, and struck with batons 4 times.

Footage of the video shot by a news helicopter led to a public outcry over what many perceived as the employment of excessive force by the deputies during the arrest.

"He remembers being beat, and he remembers that he wasn’t resisting, that he laid still, he complied immediately. He says that he didn’t even move a muscle because he didn’t want to be continuously beat, yet it still happened," said attorney Sharon Brunner.

Following the outcry, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Friday that he was "disturbed and troubled by what I see," in the video footage of the arrest.

"It does not appear to be in line with our policies and procedures," he added.

McMahon then announced that 10 of the involved officers were suspended while the department conducts a thorough investigation.



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