A man who was chased through the desert on horseback by cops and then violently beaten to a pulp has received a quick $650,000 settlement from Southern Californian authorities.
30-year-old Francis Jared Pusok was frantically attempting to flee pursuing cops on horseback through the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley on April 9th, as a news chopper recorded from above.
Pusok had stolen the horse and fled after deputies attempted to serve a search warrant at his home.
The horse became spooked by the helicopter, and Pusok fell off. Despite laying face down and not further resisting, Pusok was tased immediately by an officer.
Another cop arrived on the scene and immediately began violently kicking and punching Pusok in the head. The other officer also appeared to pistol whip Pusok with the taser.
Seven other officers then arrived, some of whom also begin kicking and beating Pusok while he lay prostrate.
“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,” reported NBC Los Angeles.
Pusok then lay on the ground without moving or receiving medical attention for more than 45 minutes. He is lucky to be alive.
San Bernardino County agreed to the settlement only after the video footage was uploaded to YouTube and went viral. Without the footage, it is unlikely that any settlement would have been offered. Indeed, Pusok would probably have still been in jail facing charges of resisting arrest and theft.
Pusok’s attorneys, Sharon Brunner and James Terrell, issued a written statement indicating that the county had initiated settlement negotiations based on the video.
“This settlement is remarkable as there was essentially no investigation nor any indictments,” the attorneys said in the statement. “Rather it is based on a video which depicts a violent and brutal attack by San Bernardino County deputies on a private citizen “
Clearly, officials are convinced that any claim Pusok could make against the County or Sheriff’s Department would cost them a lot more than the settlement fee.
The County outlined that there was no wrongdoing in Pusok’s case, as part of the settlement.
“The sole purpose of this agreement for both parties is to avoid the costs involved in litigation,” board Chairman James Ramos said in a statement. “This agreement is a fair outcome for everyone involved, including taxpayers.”
“Clearly this was something that both sides had an interest in resolving as soon as possible,” said County spokesman David Wert.
Ten deputies involved in the incident are still suspended with pay, while the Sheriff’s department conducts an internal investigation. The FBI is also conducting a civil rights investigation.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.