‘Worse Than Rodney King’: Video Shows Police Brutally Beating Man For Over a Minute Over Suspicion of Theft
Officials in San Bernadino, Calif., are investigating a brutal beating and arrest of a man accused of identity theft that was recorded on video.
A news helicopter captured 30-year-old Francis Pusok falling off of a horse that police say was stolen.
Deputies said they used a Taser on Pusok but the device proved ineffective.
After Pusok falls off the horse, deputies are seen kicking him in the head and groin and punching and kneeing him as he’s on the ground. Other deputies are then seen moving in and assaulting Pusok.
The incident lasted over a minute, which San Bernadino County Sheriff John McMahon called “disturbing.”
McMahon has released a statement ordering an internal investigation.
“The video surrounding the arrest is disturbing, and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately,” he said in the statement. “In addition, members of the Specialized Investigation Detail are responding to conduct the criminal investigation.”
Jim Terrell, the Pusok family’s attorney, called for the termination and arrest of the deputies seen in the video, saying, “What I saw on the television was thugs beating up my client. That’s what I saw. And these questions about what was he doing? What did they do? This is far worse than Rodney King.”
Deputies said they were serving a warrant to Pusok in connection with an identity theft investigation when the 30-year-old fled.
Pusok has been hospitalized but his injuries are considered non-threatening. His family is considering filing a civil suit.
“These are bad cops,” Terrell said. “Whether it’s Ferguson, Missouri, or right here in Apple Valley. This stuff’s gotta stop.”