Deputies put on leave in violent California arrest

In this frame from video provided by KNBC-TV, officers beat and kick a man Thursday near Apple Valley, Calif. A Southern California sheriff on Friday placed 10 deputies on leave and ordered an investigation after deputies were recorded beating and kicking a man who fled in a car and on horseback.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A California sheriff has placed 10 deputies on paid administrative leave after news video recorded a violent arrest that he says appeared to be excessive force.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announced the action in the aftermath of the arrest of 30-year-old Francis Pusok, who fled by car and then on a stolen horse when deputies tried to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation Thursday.

McMahon says an internal investigation has begun on the use of force. In addition, two criminal investigations have begun — one into Pusok’s actions and the other into the deputies’ actions.

The sheriff says he was “disturbed and troubled” by what he saw in the video recorded by a KNBC-TV helicopter crew.