SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — The names of 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies who were placed on leave amid a use-of- force investigation in the arrest of Francis Pusok were released Monday.
Authorities identified the following deputies involved in the videotaped chase on a horse and subsequent beating, which resulted in a $650,000 settlement (with Sheriff’s station in parentheses):
- Deputy Nicholas Downey (Victor Valley);
- Deputy Scott Hamilton (Victor Valley);
- Deputy David Moore (Victor Valley);
- Deputy Dominic Moody (Victor Valley);
- Detective William Doemner (Victor Valley);
- Sergeant James Evans (Victor Valley);
- Deputy Michael Phelps (Twin Peaks);
- Deputy Raymond Perez (Twin Peaks);
- Deputy Tyler McGee (Apple Valley); and
- Deputy Charles Foste (Hesperia).
Pusok, 30, last week reached a $650,000 settlement with San Bernardino County in connection with his April 9 arrest in Apple Valley.
Pusok had been beaten by several sheriff’s deputies after leading a chase first by car, then by horse in the desert, and the arrest was filmed by a TV news helicopter.
Authorities had previously said Sheriff’s officials had received multiple threatening emails, phone calls and posts on social media in the wake of Pusok’s arrest and promised to release the deputies’ names only if and when those threats were found to be unsubstantiated.
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