Yet Another Beat-Down Caught on Tape

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CA Heroes Caught on Tape, doing their thing:

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies beating and kicking a man more than 50 times after he had already surrendered following a chase through rough terrain.

The clip shows 30-year-old Francis Jared Pusok frantically attempting to flee pursuing cops on horseback through the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley yesterday afternoon.

When the horse is spooked by a police helicopter, Pusok falls off before he is approached by an officer who tases him. Pusok is face down in the dirt and obviously not resisting, but another cop arrives on the scene and immediately begins violently kicking and punching Pusok in the head. The other officer also appears to pistol whip Pusok with the taser.

Seven other officers then arrive, 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,” reports NBC Los Angeles.

“The man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes. He did not appear to receive medical attention while deputies stood around him during that time.”

Pusok’s girlfriend, Jolene Bindner, said authorities refused to tell her which hospital he had been taken to or his condition.

“They have not told me a thing,” she said. “How can you be tased and still feel it’s necessary to beat him like that? I don’t understand.”

An internal investigation has been launched into the incident, with San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon claiming that the suspect struggled with the officers at the start of the confrontation, an assertion which the video evidence does not back up.

The chase began when deputies attempted to serve a search warrant at Pusok’s home, before he escaped in a vehicle and led cops on a pursuit through unincorporated Apple Valley, the town of Apple Valley and unincorporated Hesperia.

Pusok abandoned the vehicle before taking off on foot and subsequently stealing a horse.

Footage of the incident emerges just three days after another video which showed Walter Scott being shot in the back eight times by officer Michael Slager in North Charleston as he attempted to flee.

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  1. The final tragic moments of Eric Harris’s life were caught on video, as well as the sociopathic nature of law enforcement. Harris was accidentally shot in the back by a reserve deputy, who meant to taser him, while he was already on the ground being subdued by other officers.

    Harris can be seen on the video being taken to the ground. Once on the ground the officer commands Harris to, “Roll on your stomach now.”

    Reserve officer Robert Bates, 73, can then be heard yelling “Taser! Taser!” to inform the other officer that he was about to use his stun gun on Harris, then a gunshot from officer Bates’ gun rings out.

    “I shot him!” the stunned officer Bates says, as he drops his gun onto the ground. “I’m sorry.”

    The next moments reveal the dehumanized nature of law enforcement as the fatally wounded Harris is manhandled on the ground by the cops, an officer presses the face of the dying man into the ground with his knee.

    As Harris nears death, he can be heard screaming,

    “He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god. I’m losing my breath.”
    The other officer gives a blood-curdling response that can only be described as sociopathic, shouting at the dying Harris,

    “Fuck your breath! Shut the fuck up!”

    Showing law enforcement’s complete disconnect with humanity, Tulsa Police Sgt. Jim Clark later told reporters at a news conference on Friday that Harris, “absolutely was a threat when going down,” which the video clearly shows was a lie.

    As if the ineptitude of the officers in the case wasn’t enough, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Capt. Billy McKelvey try to justify what happens by falsely claimed the arresting officers were not aware Harris had been shot, despite the gunshot noise and Bates’ admission as seen on the video.

    Cops shoot subdued man in the back killing him. Mock him while he’s dying. Fail miserably in their attempts to lie about it during public press conferences .

    • Mith,
      I think it was “sort of” both.

      The events occurred, E.G. a “wood shampoo” for stepping out of line –
      But the intent was to batter and bruise, to punish – today, the intent is to “stop the threat” (I.E., KILL).

      And the newspapers didn’t get hold of the stories then, because there wasn’t as much, and the damage was less. And it was people who had a Christian background, and DID step out of line – not just whomever happened to P- off the pig this time.

      So, people didn’t step “out of line” so much; when they did, they expected to be punished; and then, they didn’t document it (no camera phone); and, since they HAD done something – the classic example being the wife beater getting a few whacks to remind him to NOT hit his wife – they didn’t think about it too much. And they DID think, “Hey, could’ve been worse.” 🙂

      And at that time? They were right. 🙂

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