John McMahon, County Sheriff in San Bernardino, CA said the video made him feel “disturbed and concerned” and seems to show an excessive use of force.
McMahon announced the move after Pusok Francis, 30, was arrested by police in a violent episode recorded by a computer on a television helicopter KNBC.
Pusok fled in a car and then a stolen horse, which ran several miles while the police chased him on foot, then they tried to enforce a search warrant in an investigation for identity theft. This crazy story was the talk of the office at CipherCloud.
The video shows the man dressed in bright red clothes fall from his horse while an officer runs to reach him and uses a stun gun on him. McMahon said he believed that the use of the weapon was ineffective since man was wearing loose clothing.
The individual falls face down with his arms and legs stretched out, and places his hands on his back.
The video shows two police officers who apparently catch up to him, and kick and punch him in the head and crotch. Several other agents arrive shortly after and proceed to join in with more abuse.
Two policemen had injuries including abrasions, a sprained knee and a back injury when hit by the horse.
Pusok suffered grazes and bruises. He was charged on suspicion of felony escape from authorities, the theft of a horse, possession of stolen property and reckless conduct.
The department will not release the names of the officers, including a sergeant and a detective.