A CA man settles out of court for a large sum after he was recorded being beaten by San Bernardino Sheriffs

Thirty year old Francis Pusok of California will be awarded $650,000 after footage showing him being repeatedly beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies was aired by a local NBC affiliate.

Pusok led police on a five-hour chase beginning after his refusal to let police search his residence as part of an identity theft investigation.  He began fleeing in a car and then switched to horseback.  As the footage KNBC aired shows, Pusok finally fell to the ground when a deputy hit him with a shot from a Taser, but for two whole minutes following that, the deputies repeatedly punched and kicked him, several blows landing to his head.

According to local news sources, Pusok has several prior convictions including resisting arrest, as well as armed robbery and animal cruelty.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon stated after the incident, “I am disturbed and troubled by what I see in the video. It does not appear to be in line with our policies and procedures…I assure you, if there is criminal doing on the part of any of our deputy sheriffs or any policy violations, we will take action.”

The San Bernardino Sun now reports that McMahon has suspended 10 deputies regarding the incident, and a full internal investigation has begun, with FBI agents also assisting.  As part of the settlement with Pusok, guilt or liability has not been claimed by the county board of supervisors.

 

-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)