A horrifying video was captured by helicopter news crew as they filmed San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies chasing a man on horseback. The deputies can be seen swarming the man and beating him mercilessly as he lies on the ground with his hands behind his back.
The video shows the man fleeing the sheriff deputies on horseback before jumping off his horse and falling to the ground. However, instead of handcuffing the man and taking him into custody, the deputies begin kicking the man. As they begin beating him, the man quickly places his hands behind his back as to signal he is not going to fight back. However, the beating continues. In fact, the deputies continue to punch, kick, and beat the man as he lies helplessly on the ground while more deputies join in.
Before it is all said and done, 10 deputies have joined the scene to beat the man. The Daily Mail reports that the “horse thief” was 30-year-old Francis Pusok. Pusok says that after the swarm of deputies beat him, one deputy whispered in his ear, “This isn’t over.” Pusok says he was tased numerous times during the incident and feared for his life. Now he wants the sheriff’s department to investigate the excessive use of force against him.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon was startled by the video and says all 10 deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is launched. McMahon says the video appears to show excessive force used to subdue the man and that the department will investigate the incident “thoroughly.”
Do you think the video clearly shows excessive use of force against Pusok? Is there anything in the video that you see that would justify such actions against a man lying on his stomach with his hands behind his back?