Media Buzz

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays beating of suspect Francis Pusok by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department isn’t going away anytime soon.

One can expect waves of reading attention that will ebb and flow over the summer, and even longer, depending on what else is found behind closed closet doors.

Social media and news websites are getting millions of hits, while television news coverage has been blistering.

Here’s some upcoming media interest points (In no specific order). Some are completely unrelated to the Pusok incident, but nevertheless, feed the narrative.

  • The charging, if any, of Francis Pusok.
  • The release of the names of all deputies involved.
  • Which agency will handle the criminal review. District Attorney or U.S. Attorney?
  • The filing of charges, if any, against sheriff personnel.
  • The announcement of a federal indictment, if any, stemming from an investigation of inmate abuse in the county jails.
  • Then there’s the plethora of defendant appearances at court hearings.
  • A likely in-depth Justice Department probe of San Bernardino County criminal justice practices.
  • The announcement, if any, of the results of Ohio Federal Grand Jury probe into activities of a Sheriff Narcotics task force.
  • The disposition of several, already pending, federal civil rights lawsuits involving use-of-force incidents.

The list is longer…..

County officials need to explain the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars that is about to be wasted.

It’s definitely not the cost of doing business.

Another point! All the long term attention is going to impact the county electorate.

After Los Angeles County voter were treated to one sheriff scandal after another. Sheriff Lee Baca was in essence shown the door. Voters rejected insider Paul Tanaka, and instead opted to bring in an outsider.

What’s taking place in San Bernardino County is no different.