Three Southern California sheriff’s deputies will face criminal charges in the beating of a man after he tried to escape on horseback in a high desert chase captured by NewsChopper4, District Attorney Michael Ramos said on Tuesday.
Charges were filed against San Bernardino County deputies Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps and Charles Foster in the takedown of Francis Jared Pusok about 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles on April 9. Downey, Phelps and Foster were each charged with one count of assault by a public officer.
“I believe the deputies that were filed on today crossed the line under color of authority,” Ramos said. “But their actions should not tarnish the badge of those that honorably serve everyday.”
All three deputies are expected to appear in court for arraignment on Sept. 8 at the San Bernardino Justice Center. The charged deputies face anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in prison if convicted, Ramos said.