Concern was growing over the actions of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies who were captured on video by a television news helicopter beating a suspect after a pursuit Thursday.
Sheriff John McMahon immediately called the incident “disturbing” and ordered an investigation.
But there are calls from both the man’s family and the American Civil Liberties Union for more action from authorities.
The ACLU Southern California chapter said in a statement that while it respected McMahon’s “prompt decision to investigate the disturbing actions of his deputies we believe more is needed. Too often the department has failed to address questions … about use of force.”
In the video, deputies are seen repeatedly kicking and punching a suspect at the end of a bizarre horseback pursuit in a scene the county’s sheriff described as “disturbing.” A KNBC Channel 4 helicopter captured the chase, which appears to show the deputies striking the man, identified as 30-year-old Francis Pusok, even after he was on the ground with his hands behind his back.