Breaking News!!: Apple Valley, CA: An immediate internal investigation ordered into San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department beating.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon has ordered an immediate internal investigation into what he called “disturbing” video showing an arrest by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4.
A group of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen kicking and punching a man who lead San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies on a pursuit in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley, California just before 3:00pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.
** Pictures are courtesy of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **
In the video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man is seen being chased falling off the horse and then was stunned with a Taser by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s deputy.
As the video continues, the man appeared to fall to the ground with his arms outstretched then at least 2 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen immediately descended on him and began punching him in the head and kneeing him in the groin.
According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, in the 2 minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times, punched him 37 times and struck him with batons 4 times, and 13 blows appeared to be to the head.
As the video continues, the man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes.
According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man did not appear to receive medical attention while San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies stood around him during that time.
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The man has been identified by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California.
In a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 12:12pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015, deputies from the Victor Valley Station went to a residence on the 25300 block of Zuni Road in Apple Valley, California to serve a search warrant related to an Identity Theft investigation. Upon arrival the suspect, Francis Jared Pusok, fled the location in a vehicle. Deputies pursued Francis Jared Pusok through Apple Valley, California and further into Hesperia, California. Francis Jared Pusok abandoned the vehicle southwest of Bowen Ranch and fled on foot. Deputies were actively searching for Francis Jared Pusok on foot, using off-highway vehicles and helicopters. Within minutes, deputies received information that the suspect came into contact with a group of people near the Deep Creek Hot Springs and stole a horse. Francis Jared Pusok fled on horseback on dirt trails, through very rugged, steep terrain, causing numerous injuries to the horse. A Sheriff’s helicopter inserted a team of deputies in the area of Highway 173 and Arrowhead Lake Road in Hesperia, California to take the suspect in to custody. Deputies made contact with Pusok and as they approached, the horse threw him off. A Taser was deployed but was ineffective due to his loose clothing. A use of force occurred during the arrest. An internal investigation will be conducted regarding the use of force. At least 3 deputies were injured during the search, 2 suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All 3 were transported to the hospital for treatment. Francis Jared Pusok was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
Also written in the press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon responds to the incident captured on video saying, “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately. In addition, members of the Specialized Investigations Detail are responding to conduct the criminal investigation.”
The family of Francis Jared Pusok is outrage of what happen and are trying to find out more information on his health and hospital he’s located.
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