Francis Pusok, the man who got beaten by the police for trying to escape was agreed by the San Bernardino County to receive a settlement of $650,000 after the whole incident was filmed by the media.
At the beginning of April, Francis Pusok was involved in a chase after police officers served him at his house with a search warrant, the man ran away in his car. The police chased him for hours and at one point is appears the Pusok stole a horse which he used to keep running away. He managed to ride him for about four miles, when the animal got scared and threw him off the saddle, a s the police was getting close.
The news helicopter that was filming the event, caught on camera the moment when the man was detained and beaten by the police for running away from the arrest. In the video it can be seen how Pusok is surrendering and was laying with his face down while police officers started to hit him violently.
In the agreement it is settled that Pusok will not sue the county or the Sheriff’s Department for what happened but this doesn’t mean that the investigation regarding the officers involved in the event will stop. For the moment, ten officers were dismissed from work on paid leave and the FBI has started an investigation.
A representative of the county explained that both parties are interested in finding a solution and resolve the situation as fast as possible adding that the settlement was the only way of avoiding a costly and long lawsuit.
The attorneys of the victim have stated that reaching a settlement was the idea of the county, given the fact that the entire beating was caught on tape and was made public in the media. However, the lawyers were slightly unsure of how the settlement would go, since the only evidence was a video with no other investigations on the case. The defense has based their case on the fact that the police officers have attacked in a violent and brutal manner a citizen who was not armed.
Pusok’s lawyers explained that by this Pusok was not aiming to obtain money, but he wanted to make sure him and his family will be safe from the abuse and harassment they had endured from the police.
During an interview, Pusok, said that the reason he reacted like that and he ran away was because he was afraid of the police, as he had had other unpleasant encounters. According to the prosecution, the man ran away because he was on probation.
The Board of Supervisors has announced that the main purpose of the settlement was to avoid further litigations and that the deal has ended fair for both sides, adding that the sheriff should urgently purchase body cameras for all of his officers.
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