Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: A former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy found guilty in the beating of Francis Pusok.

Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: A former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy found guilty in the beating of Francis Pusok.

A jury on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 has found a former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy guilty in the beating of Francis Jared Pusok that occurred at the end of a police pursuit on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 and was captured on camera by a television news helicopter.

Former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Charles Foster was found guilty of assault and faces up to 3 years in prison when he is sentenced on Friday, April 28th, 2017.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

As the juror read the verdict, Charles Foster was clearly stunned, dropping his head well his family members were also visibly shaken.

The jury deadlocked over similar charges against 2 other former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Michael Phelps and Nick Downey, also involved in the incident and they are expected to face a new trial in May 2017.

Attorneys for the former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies argued that the video did not tell the whole story and that they were trying to control and arrest a dangerous suspect who was continuing to resist.

The jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of guilty for Michael Phelps and Nick Downey.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

The incident all began on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies from the Victor Valley Station serving a warrant related to an identity theft investigation against the suspect, then 30 years old Francis Jared Pusok.

Francis Jared Pusok fled in a vehicle and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies gave chase through Apple Valley, California and Hesperia, California before he ditched his vehicle and continued fleeing on foot.

Francis Jared Pusok allegedly stole a horse from a group of people near Deep Creek Hot Springs and fled on horseback over dirt trails through rugged terrain.

Francis Jared Pusok was then thrown off the horse and when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies caught up with him, several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were caught on camera from a news helicopter from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 punching and kicking Francis Jared Pusok multiple times as he was face down with his arms and legs stretched out.

Less than a month after the incident, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a $650,000 settlement with Francis Jared Pusok to avoid a lawsuit.

In September 2015, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed charges on 3 former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies for using excessive force during the arrest of Francis Jared Pusok.

In a released statement onto Twitter after the verdict, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon said, “In September of 2015, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed charges on three former deputy sheriffs for using excessive force during the arrest of Francis Pusok on April 9, 2015. Today, I was informed that a decision was reached by the jury in the criminal case. The jury found one of the three former deputies guilty; the jury was deadlocked on the other two. The jury has spoken, and I have the highest respect for our criminal justice system. Let’s not discourage the daily efforts of all the men and women of the sheriff’s department. Our employees will continue to provide dedicated service and will always be committed to serving the public.

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