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Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: 3 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies facing criminal charges in beating video.

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Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: 3 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies facing criminal charges in beating video.

San Bernardino County’s District Attorney Michael Ramos announced on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 that 3 of the 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are filing criminal charges in the beating video of Francis Jared Pusok.

According to San Bernardino County’s District Attorney Michael Ramos, charges were filed against San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps, and Charles Foster are charged with assault under color of authority.

The San Bernardino County’s District Attorney’s review of the arrest to determine whether San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies used a justifiable amount of force, Ramos said he considered belt audio recordings, interviews and the NBC-4 video, which investigators broke down frame by frame.

San Bernardino County’s District Attorney Michael Ramos showed pictures of the beating snapped from the news helicopter video which showed Nicholas Downey kicking Francis Jared Pusok, who was prone on the ground, a second picture showing Michael Phelps rearing back and kicking Francis Jared Pusok in the groin, and a third picture showing Charles Foster, more than 4 minutes into the takedown, kicking Francis Jared Pusok, who by that point had been handcuffed.

The other 7 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were not charged.

The announcement came at a joint news conference at 11:00am PT on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at the San Bernardino Superior Court located at 303 West 3rd Street in San Bernardino, California.

In a press release from Public Affairs Officer Christopher Lee, San Bernardino County’s District Attorney Michael Ramos and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon will be at this joint news conference, and have has reached a filing decision in the officer-involved use of force incident involving 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department submitted the results of its investigation in this case to the San Bernardino County’s District Attorney in August 2015.

On Thursday, April 9th, 2015, the nearly 3 hour police pursuit in northeast of San Bernardino County, California began when authorities tried to serve a warrant in an Apple Valley, California identity theft investigation.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies pursued Francis Jared Pusok in a vehicle.

Francis Jared Pusok would later abandoned the vehicle and stolen a horse leading to a horse police pursuit.

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

A news helicopter crew and their camera from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 was overhead in News Chopper 4 when Francis Jared Pusok was seen falling off from the horse in rugged terrain.

At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were seen surrounding Francis Jared Pusok then were seen repeatedly punching and kicking Francis Jared Pusok as he lay on the ground.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, Francis Jared Pusok appeared to have been kicked 17 times, punched 37 times and struck with batons 4 times, a review of the video showed, and 13 blows appeared to be to the head.

At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were put on administrative leave a day after the confrontation, and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors reached a $650,000 settlement with Francis Jared Pusok.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon, the arrest appeared to be an “excessive” use of force.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, Francis Jared Pusok said he fled in fear due to previous encounters with law enforcement. He has been charged with 14 felony and misdemeanor counts.

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News Update!!: Victorville, CA: Man who was beaten by authorities after horse pursuit charged.

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News Update!!: Victorville, CA: Man who was beaten by authorities after horse pursuit charged.

The man who was beaten by several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies after a horse pursuit that was captured by a news helicopter camera on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 arrived at the courthouse on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in Victorville, California.

The man, 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California, was reprtedly late to his court arraignment and supposed to be at court at 8:00am PT.

When Francis Jared Pusok didn’t show up to his court arraignment, the judge was about to issue a bench warrant for his arrest, but Francis Jared Pusok would suddenly appeared 3 hours later at 11:00am PT.

Francis Jared Pusok’s Attorney Jim Terrell took the blame for his client being late, but wouldn’t elaborate on how his client could almost miss his court arraignment.

During the court arraignment, Francis Jared Pusok pleaded not guilty to several criminal charges including resisting arrest, and evading arrest in his 3 hour long police pursuit that included a stolen horse which happened before 3:00pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

That horse pursuit ended when Francis Jared Pusok fell of the horse and well on the ground, was caught on camera by a news helicopter from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 being beaten by several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

Since the incident, at least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are being investigated for the beating of Francis Jared Pusok, and members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved during a closed session of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 in San Bernardino, California to pay $650,000 in a settlement with the San Bernardino County to Francis Jared Pusok in order to avoid a lawsuit.

Francis Jared Pusok’s pregnant girlfriend, 31 year old Jolene Bindner, was formally charged on allegations that she and Francis Jared Pusok were in possession of 3 stolen trailers,

Jolene Bindner pleaded not guilty and the judge allowed Jolene Bindner to remain free because of she is pregnant.

Prosecutors asked the judge to raise Francis Jared Pusok’s bail from $100,000 to $575,000 which the judge set Francis Jared Pusok’s bail at $450,000.

Francis Jared Pusok’s attorney called the set bail a political move because his client was paid $650,000 by the county to prevent lawsuits in the beating case.

Because of Francis Jared Pusok’s bail was raised, Francis Jared Pusok was taken into police custody.

According to Prosecutor Shannon Faherty, what happened in court wasn’t about retaliation, but it was about the law.

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