SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Prosecutors in San Bernardino County, California, have filed felony assault charges against three sheriff's deputies involved in the televised beating of a suspect after he tried to escape on horseback.
District Attorney Mike Ramos said Tuesday that Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps and Charles Foster each face a charge of assault by a public officer.
Seven other deputies placed on administrative leave were not charged.
The county Sheriff's Department submitted its investigation to the district attorney last month.
A KNBC-TV helicopter news crew followed the April chase as Frances Jared Pusok fled deputies on a stolen horse. It then televised deputies repeatedly punching and kicking Pusok as he lay on the ground.
The county reached a $650,000 settlement with Pusok. He has been charged with 14 felony and misdemeanor counts.