Sheriff Orders Immediate Internal Investigation into Arrest Seen on “Disturbing” Video

Jason Kandel, NBC Los Angeles, April 10, 2015

The San Bernardino County Sheriff ordered an internal investigation Thursday into an arrest caught on NBC Los Angeles’ NewsChopper4 video that showed deputies beating a suspect when they caught up to him following a wild desert chase on horseback.

Aerial footage showed the man falling off the horse he was suspected of stealing during the pursuit in San Bernardino County Thursday afternoon.

He then appeared to be stunned with a Taser by a sheriff’s deputy and fall to the ground with his arms outstretched. Two deputies immediately descended on him and appeared to punch him in the head and knee him in the groin, according to the footage, reviewed several times by NBC4.

The group surrounding the man grew to 11 sheriff’s deputies.

In the two 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 four times. Thirteen blows appeared to be to the head. The horse stood idly nearby.

The man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes. He did not appear to receive medical attention while deputies stood around him during that time.

The man, identified as Francis Jared Pusok, 30, of Apple Valley, was hospitalized with unknown injuries, authorities said.


Three deputies were injured during the search. Two suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All three were taken to a hospital for treatment.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told NBC4 he was launching an internal investigation into the actions of the deputies.

“I’m not sure if there was a struggle with the suspect,” McMahon said. “It appears there was in the early parts of the video. What happens afterwards, I’m not sure of, but we will investigate it thoroughly.”


The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement that while they understand police officers are authorized to use force, they “are deeply troubled by the video images that appear to show San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies beating a man after he surrendered.”

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  • John Smith

    I’ve seen a lot of police abuse on YouTube and most of it is directed at white people. Blacks often deserve what they get from the police, but the MSM spends all its time portraying them as victims while whites wrongfully treated and charged get no coverage.

    • libertarian1234

      You’re right.
      And the MSM is more apt to pile on the victim rather than condemn the police as they do when the perp is black.

      • Charles Martel

        UK reports this news but its not covered in the state it happened in. Black teacher has students send get well cards to cop killer
        “Marilyn Zuniga, third grade teacher at Forest Street School in Orange, New Jersey, suspended without pay. She had her students write letters to former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal who was hospitalized at Schuykill Medical Center in Pennsylvania”

        • Irish

          She looks to be a P.R.. I’ll be it with a little more black admixture than typical.

          • ElComadreja

            Look at the last four letters of her surname.

        • LexiconD1

          Never mind, wrong place for comment. Cheers.

      • John Smith

        Yeah, vilify the victim. They usually parrot all the falsehoods told to them by the police and the public-at-large swallows them whole. If you ever shot JBTs breaking down your door on a falsely obtained warrant, you’d be labeled a “terrorist babykiller” and the like, just like Randy Weaver and the Branch Davidians.

    • CM732

      There is no point justifying police violence against Black people. We should be proud of our background but stand up for people of other races otherwise we are just making more enemies we don’t need.

      • John Smith

        Much of it was earned through their own violent behavior.

      • Pa Guy in NJ

        Appeasing them never works so why bother?

  • Chip Carver

    Was this man struggling with the deputies or not? From the little bit of video that I saw, I couldn’t tell. Most people have never actually been in a fight, never mind having to attempt to subdue someone. Trying to subdue a person while “playing nice” is very hard to say the least. Many people who are tased are up and at em quickly, although they might be shaken up, another thing people aren’t aware of. The tasing does not continue when deputies are in contact with the suspect, obviously.

    The flip side is that honestly, most law abiding people are fed up, and care less and less how roughly criminal are handles. This is because America has been tipped over, and it’s obvious that the criminal element is feeling its collective oats, white trash crooks included, but this is especially true when it comes to non-white criminals.

    • Whitetrashgang

      You are completely wrong the guy was on the ground doing nothing.Beware the Police industrial complex, we are next count on it.

      • TruthBeTold

        I don’t automatically take the side of the police but all these cases, starting with Rodney King, have one thing in common. The suspect was fleeing or fighting with the police.

        The longer the chase or the struggle goes on, the more angry the police become.

        I’m not siding with them but I do understand their frustration and anger at having to chase or subdue a suspect.

        • Whitetrashgang

          True, but is he really a suspect or a victim?

          • Alden

            Riding on a stolen horse he was a suspect

          • ejXinMI

            I don’t automatically side with the police, either. Sometimes they are just henchmen, or revenuers for the governing elites. On the other hand, they are given a task that may not be doable: maintain peace and order in an ungovernable society.

          • Whitetrashgang

            Yes true, but in California they were putting mentally ill white kids in super max for 6 months because one of their friends got caught stealing a chocolate bar.The prison had empty cells so they had to be used of course.

        • Blackfish

          I’m a white suburban professional and EVEN I know that if you run from the cops, you are gonna get a beat down if they catch you. It’s a calculated risks these morons take and many pay the price.

          I’m not saying it’s right but it is reality.

          • ElComadreja

            If I ran from a cop I’d be expecting to be shot at. Blacks just don’t want their lives of crime challenged in any way.

          • Alexandra1973

            As Chris Rock said, “If the police have to come and get you, they’re bringing an @$$-kicking with them!”

      • Chip Carver

        I don’t think you read what I wrote. I asked if the guy was struggling. And I am not completely wrong. Anyone who has been in a real fight knows you don’t win by following “rules”. Compare that to trying to subdue someone while following all sorts of ground rules that restrict use of force. These types of situations are why police academies will usually put on a demonstration for the trainees that has the two largest recruits attempt to subdue the smallest recruit – following procedure. It is very hard to do when someone is struggling.

        Right now I’m more concerned with the media/government complex. The cops overall are still a huge target to the usual suspects, obviously.

        • The 11:1 ratio was a definitely Marcus of Queensbury violation.

        • 1Forced_Registration

          He goes down after being tased, puts hits hands behind his back, and the first thing he receives is a full swing kick to the balls, and then they start wailing on him in a large group of officers …

          No, the man was not resisting at this point. He was trying to be peaceably arrested. The rest of that stuff is just patently unnecessary.

      • My personal motto is:
        Avoid the cops like a wanted fugitive.

  • The presence of police is the ONLY thing that is keeping America from blowing up into total chaos. Those who are anti-police had better be careful what they wish for. An unarmed, meek, nationalized police force is going to have trouble keeping law and order.

    • Cato

      A free society can only work if people, when turned loose to do their own thing, do the RIGHT thing. It cannot work if some people, when turned loose, become predators and view others as prey. This is the real cost of having an underclass in America: we must have a police state to control the predators, and therefore we cannot have a free society.

    • Charles Martel

      No the native American in Tulsa that was hunting the gang who killed his father shows us that the cops help the criminals more than us.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Hence the need for the Second Amendment and unbridled gun rights for all law-abiding Americans. When domestic emergenices or national disasters happen and law enforcement cannot protect you, we will be grateful to have all the firepower we are legally allowed to have. Thank you, Founding Fathers, for our Second Amendment.

      • ghettovalley

        The police aren’t here to protect us. If some junkie breaks into your house and decides to kill you and take your stuff how are the police going to stop it? They can’t. They just write out their report over your lifeless body. Sure, they might catch him afterwards, but you’ll still be dead.

    • IstvanIN

      You are correct, 100%, but the police are not judge, jury and executioner. Capture and haul off is their job.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    There are so many cameras now, cops should assumed they are being filmed at all times.

    “Everyone knows if you run from the police…they are bringing an ass whoopin’ with them”

    –Chris Rock.

    San Bernardino is broke and filed bankruptcy in 2012; the city must submit a plan to federal bankruptcy court by May 30. It’ll be interesting to see how this “pays out.”

  • libertarian1234

    This is one of the clearest cases of police abuse I’ve ever seen. Nothing they did to that man was justified.
    There are bad apples on every police department, but this one seems to have quite a few.
    Another out-of-control police abuse ongoing right now is the shooting of little dogs who jump around and bark at them. I can tell you unequivocally there are nut cases on every police force who answer calls, just itching to shoot a little animal and the claim is always they did so, because they felt threatened. Which is ludicrous in most cases, because most of the little animals shot are single dogs….not those in a pack…..and 99% of them would never bite. And All dogs bark at strangers who enter their territory, especially if they seer their owners being assaulted, so it surely should be expected.
    The bottom line is that there are too many nut cases on police forces and Sheriff departments. The big mistake the brass make is in justifying what they do.

    • Sonya610

      The perp in that video was a convicted animal abuser that shot a dog to death. He was also being very rough with the horse that he stole. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever.

      • He also had a prior conviction for burglary. The safe bet is that the creep was a meth-head.

        • LexiconD1

          In San Bernadino…most assuredly he is. Heroin is also making a comeback.

    • IstvanIN

      I agree. The job of the police is to capture, subdue, handcuff and transport to the hoosegow. Period. They are not judge, jury and executioner. Once the man was on the ground he should have been handcuffed. The beating was unnecessary.

  • Alden

    Pusok is he White?

  • ekwaykway

    Yes, but what race are the actors involved? It’s all a matter of race.

  • zamzow

    One must remember this endless anti-police MSM drumbeat is the next phase of the Marxist attack on white America. The police and white privileged Americans are the bourgeois and the minorities including their supporters and instigators, the tribe, are the proletariat. This is pure Marxism 101 and how they whipped up the Russian peasants to start the Bolshevik revolution which ultimately turned on same deluded peasants resulting in the political mass murder of 66 million Russians. Divide and conquer is the game. This fiendish juggernaut can be stopped once the curtain’s are lifted and whites recognize the true strategy and sources behind this plot.

  • HE2

    When I was a kid, if a thief dared abscond with one of our horses, my dad would have shot him without blinking an eye. As this was a farming community, my dad would not have been charged with a crime.
    Good horses are valuable, thieves are not.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Horses, being horses, are gorgeous, regal animals. As such, they are a valuable addition to our lives, unlike thieves, as you say.

      • HE2

        Yes, Samuel. Horses are not only beautiful, they work for a living and bring us joy.

    • newscomments70

      As a society we need to start disposing of criminals and their liberal enablers. They shouldn’t even be considered human.

      • HE2

        Amen and Amen, newscomments.
        Attempts to placate, reason, mediate, logically discuss, apply the rule of law that applies to all, assemble Grand Juries to investigate White on black crimes, even unfairly prosecuting Whites for defending themselves against bantu assault. Uh uh, name it, it has been tried. Nothing works. Forget it. Logic lies beyond the grasp of bantu mentality.
        We need to man up, adopt a tribal mentality that defends and looks after our own, or separate. The latter just means we will not stand our ground and must run. And keep running.

  • listenupbub

    I think the reason that MSM hates the police so much is that so many policemen are race-realist, serious, empowered, conservative white males. Nothing is more scary to them than having such people be the enforcers of the government.