Target: San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon
Goal: Fire deputies who allegedly beat a suspect who was not resisting arrest.
A number of San Bernardino County, California sheriff’s deputies punched and kicked an unarmed man at least 50 times as he was surrendering, according to video taken of the incident. If these allegations are true, they represent a gross abuse of power on the part of the deputies involved. Demand that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department fire all involved deputies who are found to have used excessive force.
After a police chase that led into an undeveloped valley, the suspect, identified as Francis Jared Pusok, was hit by a Taser and fell face-first onto the ground. Video taken by a news helicopter that had been recording the chase then appears to show two deputies rush up to Pusok and begin to kick him in the head and groin.
As Pusok lays on the ground being beaten and appearing not to move or resist arrest, four other deputies arrive and join in the attack. KNBC, the news channel recording the incident, estimates that Pusok was punched 37 times, kicked 14 times, and beat with a baton four times in total in less than two minutes by the deputies. The beating was so severe that Pusok has had to be hospitalized.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon put the deputies involved on leave pending the findings of an internal investigation into the incident. Sign the petition below to demand that all the deputies that the investigation finds responsible for this beating be fired at once.
Dear Sheriff McMahon,
I am writing you today regarding the incident involving Francis Jared Pusok that has recently garnered your department a lot of attention. I am pleased to hear about the launching of an internal investigation into this event, but too often such investigations are intended only to reduce the media scrutiny a department experiences following an incident, not to actually punish those involved in wrongdoing.
Law enforcement agencies around the country are being rightfully subjected to increased scrutiny these days for their all-too-casual use of excessive and deadly force. This most recent incident in your department is reflective of why that increased scrutiny is so necessary.
Law enforcement departments that send officers who use wanton violence and show no concern for the wellbeing of others out into our cities and neighborhoods are doing many, many communities more harm than good. They are making a mockery of the police’s duty to serve and protect.
If your investigation reveals that the deputies involved in this incident used excessive force against Francis Jared Pusok, they are part of the problem and should not be allowed to be law enforcement officers. I demand that you fire any and all deputies found to be responsible for excessive force against Pusok.
[Your Name Here]
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