After a videotape of San Bernardino County deputies tasering and brutally beating a suspected horse thief have all been placed on paid administrative leave for use of excessive force on Friday April 10th.
The FBI have opened a civil rights investigation after TV news video showed the deputies beating and kicking the horse theft suspect.
The beating of 30-year-old Francis Pusok occurred at the end of a horse pursuit on Thursday April 8th. Video footage shows Pusok falling to the ground after deputies tasered the suspect and placed handcuffs behind the suspects back. As soon as Pusok falls to the ground and is handcuffed, deputies begin kicking him in the face and punching him.
Prior to the beating, Pusok was considered a “prime suspect” in an identity theft case. The sheriff’s department claim that they are familiar with the suspect due to his criminal background.
Pusok’s mother and long time girlfriend claim the use of excessive force was completely unnecessary after the suspect was already on the ground.
Deputies involved defending the beating by claiming that the suspects loose clothing made the taser ineffective.
Two deputies were transported to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and one was taken because he was kicked by the horse involved in the pursuit.
The FBI has ordered an internal investigation as the video footage is disturbing and truly excessive.
Unfortunately, this story is the second use of excessive force by police followed by another story that headlined earlier this week regarding a police shooting of an unarmed man in South Carolina. Stories of police using excessive force on suspects are have been occurring more often especially after the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri last August.
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