Knowing they were being video recorded by a news helicopter hovering above, Southern California deputies did not let that stop them from repeatedly punching and kicking a man who had already surrendered by lying flat on his stomach after he was tased earlier this afternoon.
Up to nine San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies can be seen running up to the suspect to kick and punch him, angry at having been forced to chase him through the desert.
Sheriff John McMahon told the San Bernardino Sun that “members of the Specialized Investigations Detail are responding to conduct the criminal investigation,” which is just a fancy way of saying deputies will be investigating deputies.
After all, it doesn’t take a specialized unit to see there was no need to abuse the man like a pack of rabid animals.
The incident began around noon when deputies went to the home of Francis Jared Pusok to serve a search warrant relating to an identity theft investigation.
But sheriff officials say the 30-year-old suspect fled in a vehicle, then abandoned it before fleeing on foot. He then came across a group of individuals where he stole a horse, continuing his escape on horseback.
Eventually, deputies caught up to him where he was tased and fell off the horse. He then tried to run away but was tased again, so he ended up laying on his stomach, placing his hands behind his back.
And then the deputies ran up on him and beat him for more than two minutes.