Ten California sheriff’s deputies were put on leave after a local news station captured aerial video of deputies beating and kicking a suspect who fell off the horse he was fleeing on.
In the video, taken by KNBC, Francis Pusok flees from the deputies on a horse. They had attempted to serve him a search warrant when he took off, first in a car, then on foot, and then on a horse, which he stole.
Pusok eventually falls from the horse, and deputies start to surround him and start beating and kicking him for a while. KNBC says he was punched around 37 times, kicked 17 times, and struck with a baton four times, and 13 of those blows were to his head.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department immediately ordered an internal investigation and ten deputies were placed on leave.
This is the booking video of Pusok:
Watch the original raw video of the incident here, via KNBC:
And you can watch KNBC’s subsequent report below: