The San Bernardino Sun reports that less than two weeks after an Apple Valley man was seen on video being beaten and kicked by sheriff’s deputies as he was apparently trying to surrender, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday a week ago approved a $650,000 settlement with victim Francis Jared Pusok.
The speed in which the matter was resolved by all parties is unprecedented in the county’s history.
The settlement, said Pusok’s attorneys, was remarkable in that it hinged solely on the strength of the video of the beating, which they characterized as a “violent and brutal attack by San Bernardino County deputies on a private citizen.” They said it was the county that initiated the settlement negotiations.
The 10 deputies involved in the incident were immediately placed on paid administrative leave, and criminal investigations are now being conducted by both the Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. The Sheriff’s Department is also conducting an administrative investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, the names of the deputies have not been released, as death threats continue pouring in at the Sheriff’s Department, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.
Update- Francis Pusok, 30, was stopped sometime between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. April 22 in the 3700 block of Elm Avenue after he was spotted running through backyards of homes, said San Bernardino police spokesman Lt. Rich Lawhead.
He told police he was headed to his mother’s home. Pusok was not arrested, but officers took a report, Lawhead said.