Chase suspect to receive $650,000 after being beaten by deputies

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. –  Earlier this month, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office gained national attention after a beating of a chase suspect was broadcast live on television.

NBCLA was flying over the scene when deputies caught up with 30-year-old Francis Pusok.

Deputies say they deployed a taser, which was not effective, so a use of force was necessary.

However, Pusok was facedown in the dirt with his arms outstretched.

Two deputies descended on him and appeared to punch him in the head and in the groin.

After reviewing the video, the station said it appeared deputies kicked Pusok 17 times, punched him 37 times and hit him with batons four times.

Immediately, the sheriff’s office ordered an internal investigation.

In all, 10 deputies were placed on paid leave in connection with the incident.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors announced that San Bernardino County will pay Pusok $650,000.

Under the agreement, the county does not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

“The sole purpose of this agreement for both parties is to avoid the costs involved in litigation,” said Chairman James Ramos. “This agreement is a fair outcome for everyone involved, including the taxpayers.”

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