- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man beaten by sheriff’s deputies after a chase on horseback has been jailed on charges of more than a dozen crimes.

The Press-Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1Lf6dyc ) that 30-year-old Francis Pusok was jailed after his bail was raised to $400,000 during his arraignment Tuesday in Victorville.

Pusok pleaded not guilty to counts including evading an officer, livestock theft and animal cruelty.

Pusok’s lawyers say they want the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office disqualified from the case because of prosecutors’ close relationship with the Sheriff’s Department.

Pusok reached a $650,000 settlement with the county after a video showed him being punched and kicked by sheriff’s deputies after he fled them by car and then on a stolen horse.

The Sheriff’s Department is conducting a personnel investigation.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, https://www.pe.com

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