SBCO District Attorney

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/09/15 – 9:14 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a criminal case presented by sheriff’s investigators regarding the on-camera beating of Francis Pusok in the High Desert.

The Sheriff’s Department launched a criminal investigation into the actions of deputies who were seen kicking, punching and bludgeoning Pusok after he apparently surrendered at the end an hours-long pursuit on April 9.

Sheriff’s investigators turned the report over the DA’s Office on July 1, Chris Lee, a district attorney’s spokesman, said Thursday.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said in an email she did not have details of the report when asked Thursday if charges are recommended.

The day after the beating, Sheriff John McMahon placed 10 deputies on paid leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation and an internal investigation. The results of the dual investigations have not been made public. The FBI launched a probe of the incident as well.

On the afternoon of April 9, deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 25000 block of Zuni Road in Apple Valley. Pusok was not the focus of the identity-theft investigation but was at the residence and fled in a vehicle.

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