California horse fugitive beaten by sheriffs gets $650,000 payout
Calling the decision a “fair outcome for everyone involved, including taxpayers,” board Chairman James Ramos said the settlement’s sole purpose was to “avoid the costs involved in litigation.”
Booking photo of Francis Pusok pic.twitter.com/nfzXxZfIAl
— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) April 10, 2015
Francis J. Pusok, 30, led the San Bernardino deputies on a 3-hour car, foot and horse chase through the desert on April 9. The final moments of the chase were caught by a news crew in a helicopter, and showed eleven deputies kicking, punching and hitting Pusok with batons.
The FBI is conducting a civil rights inquiry in the case, while the deputies involved face a disciplinary investigation and possibly a criminal probe. Pusok was charged with possessing stolen property, reckless driving, theft of a horse, and felony evading.