Video emerged Thursday showing numerous San Bernardino County sheriffs deputies gang-beating an unarmed California man after he surrendered and was on the ground.
30-year-old Francis Jared Pusok was hit by a taser, punched 37 times, kicked 17 times and hit four times with a baton at the end of a chase that stretched across unincorporated Apple Valley and the nearby community of Hesperia.
Police say they were attempting to serve Pusok with a warrant in an identity theft case when he fled his home and drove off.
He later abandoned his vehicle, allegedly stole a horse, and continues to lead pursuing officers. The footage shows the horse throw him as two deputies are catching up.
After being tased by one officer, Pusok lies on the ground and surrenders his hands behind his back before the other deputy starts kicking him in the head.
The deputy with the Taser is then seen kicking Pusok in what appears to be the groin area. Pusok does not appear to be moving as the officers continue pummeling him.
Five more deputies quickly arrive, with most of them joining in the attack, while another attends to the horse.
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Pusok lay on the ground for approximately 45 minutes, without receiving medical attention. He was later hospitalized.
The nature of his injuries have not been made public.
An internal investigation into the incident has been launched.
“I’m disturbed by what I see in the video,” Sheriff John McMahon said. “But I don’t need to jump to conclusions at this point, until we do a complete and thorough investigation. If our deputy sheriffs did something wrong, they’ll be put off work and they’ll be dealt with appropriately.”
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