News Update!!: Apple Valley, CA: At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies placed on paid administrative leave related to beating video.

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News Update!!: Apple Valley, CA: At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies placed on paid administrative leave related to beating video.

At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave after news helicopter video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4 showed a horse chase suspect being beaten while being taken into custody on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 in the Apple Valley, California area.

A group of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen in the video kicking and punching a man who lead San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

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** Picture are courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

During a news conference on Friday, April 10th, 2015, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon told the media, “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.”

** Watch the video of the news conference at the following San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on YouTube website address: **

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.

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** Pictures are courtesy of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

In the video, 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.

** You can watch the video at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-seen-on/299348011.html

** Read more on this news story at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-on-Stolen-Horse-Stunned-by-Sheriffs-Deputies-in-IE-299250951.html

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 ordered an immediate internal investigation into what he called “disturbing” video by NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4.

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** Picture are courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

The man’s identified was released on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California and released this mugshot of Francis Jared Pusok (Above Picture) on Friday, April 10th, 2015.

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.

According the the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Francis Jared Pusok was treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and was later booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga being held on $115,000 bail.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were “familiar” with Francis Jared Pusok’s criminal history prior to the police pursuit, a criminal rap sheet that includes attempted robbery, threats against a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy, and animal cruelty charges for shooting a puppy in front of family members.

Criminal records also showed Francis Jared Pusok’s criminal history which includes driving on a sidewalk at an unsafe speed in 2002; attempted robbery in 2006; fighting in 2011; cruelty to an animal in 2013; resisting a law enforcement officer in 2013; and obstructing or resisting an law enforcement officer in 2014.

“I’m asking for some patience while we complete a thorough and fair investigation. 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,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department won’t release the names of deputies, including a sergeant and a detective, until they’re sure that multiple threats made aren’t valid.

According to San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, “The video that we saw yesterday is extremely upsetting and I understand the public’s concern. I have the utmost faith in the Sheriff’s Department to conduct a full and complete investigation of this incident. At that time, if there is any misconduct, and I have said this repeatedly before, we will take the appropriate action.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) is investigating this incident and if Francis Jared Pusok’s civil rights were violated.

In a statement released to the media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) said, “The FBI has initiated an investigation to determine whether civil rights were violated during a pursuit and altercation involving Francis Pusok and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies on April 9, 2015. The results of the review will be forwarded to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, and the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, D.C., to determine whether further investigation and/or prosecution is warranted. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue its investigation of the matter already underway and questions relative to developments on its case should be referred to San Bernardino County officials. No further comment from the FBI would be appropriate at this time.”

Francis Jared Pusok’s Family Attorney Jim Terrell told reporters that he believes the video “is far worse than Rodney King” and has called for the termination and arrests of the deputies seen in the beating.

Jolene Bindner, Francis Jared Pusok’s girlfriend of 13 years, couldn’t believe what had happen and described Francis Jared Pusok as a great father.

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1 thought on “News Update!!: Apple Valley, CA: At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies placed on paid administrative leave related to beating video.

  1. http://www.vvng.com/felon-arrested-for-shooting-a-dog/
    http://www.facebook.com/francis.pusok
    Francis Jared Pusok Address –
    21157 Del Oro Rd Apple Valley CA 92308
    Convicted Felon Francis Jared Pusok Invaded our home at 4am on Monday April 06, 2015 while my family slept in house he cut open my fence, cut pad lock off my gate, jumped my block wall, entered my garage, entered my home, stole my street bike, my lock and cable and violated our family. What would of happened if one of us or our dogs would of encounter him? We are offended at the publics reaction to the police encounter with him. The public didn’t encounter him. He sought out this attention. You don’t invade someone’s home or steal in the dead of night and expect to be greeted with less than deadly force.
    Our house was not the only one robbed and damaged by him. It won’t be the last either. He shot his girlfriend’s dog. If my dogs were outside, what of his plan to do with mine? My wife can’t sleep due to the situation he created. She worries that none of us are safe. Our daughter is scared to come home, our son is concered about leaving our home unattended and our other son is fearful to leave his children at our home over night now. This Francis Jared Pusok individual is broken and can’t be rehabilitated. His girlfriend is aware of his criminal behavior and allows him to store stole property at their home, where their children live. She has received stolen property, protects and supports Francis Jared Pusok criminal behavior. Law Enforcement recovered my street bike on Thursday April 09, 2015. Still have missing property, property damage and other issues caused by Francis Jared Pusok

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