A news video shows sheriff’s deputies in Southern California chasing down and beating a suspect who had fled on horseback.
The San Bernadino County Sheriff’s office ordered an investigation on Thursday.
The Los Angeles NBC affiliate captured the brutal beating on their station’s news chopper. The video shows 30-year-old Francis Jared Pusok running away from deputies after he falls off the horse and the officers then tased him. A sheriff’s department statement said the stun gun was ineffective. Pusok falls to the ground and the two officers begin punching and kicking Pusok as others join in.
KNBC reported Pusok appeared to have been kicked 17 times, punched 37 times and struck with batons four times. The man did not move from his position on the ground for 45 minutes.
Pusok was hospitalized with unspecified injuries. The chase began when deputies arrived at Pusok’s house with a search warrant for an identity-theft investigation. Pusok fled in a car then abandoned the vehicle and continued on foot until he allegedly stole a horse and rode the animal into the desert.