10 Deputies Suspended Over Beating Of CA Suspect After Horseback Ride


Ten California sheriff’s deputies were suspended after a video emerged showing several officers beating a suspect for more than a minute after he was hit by a Taser and apparently surrendered, reports the New York Daily News. Francis Pusok, a convicted felon who is a suspect in an identity theft case, fled from San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies first by car, then on foot, then on horseback on Thursday afternoon. The video, filmed by a TV news crew in a helicopter, showed two deputies apprehending Pusok after he fell from the horse in rugged hills 90 miles east of Los Angeles. The two deputies Tasered him at least once, and at one point he threw up his arms, seemingly in an attempt to surrender.

Two deputies began to kick and punch him, landing shots to his head and groin. The beating continued for more than a minute, and several other law enforcement officers joined in, in some cases even pushing others away so they could get a lick in on the defenseless suspect. Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon said that his office identified 10 deputies involved in the violent incident and placed them on paid administrative leave. The case will be handled by the county’s district attorney, who will determine if criminal charges are warranted. Pusok's lawyer likened the beating to the infamous video of cops in Los Angeles pummeling of Rodney King in 1991. “What I saw on the television was thugs beating up my client,” attorney Jim Terrell told CBS Los Angeles. “This is far worse than Rodney King.”

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